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Historical document

Alternaria apple fruit spot - new directions (AP05002)

Key research provider: QLD Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries
Publication date: 31 October, 2007

This is a final research report from Hort Innovation’s historical archives. Please note that as these reports may date back as far as the 1990s, the content and recommendations within them may be superseded by more recent research.

What was it all about?

The scientific community does not know a great deal about Alternaria fruit spot in apples. Along with Alternaria leaf blotch, these fungal diseases have caused significant fruit losses and tree damage in apple orchards in Queensland, New South Wales and occasionally Western Australia.

This project has helped to establish a foundation to build on for future Alternaria research. In 2005, the project team conducted a national survey of apple orchards. The team collected over 500 samples of Alternaria species from diseased leaves and fruit. These samples were lodged at the internationally recognised Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) Plant Pathology Herbarium in Brisbane.

Researchers from around the world can use these samples in their own research. They are also being used in the next phase of this project, which was extended in September 2006 and will run for three-and-a-half years.

Related levy funds

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Funding statement:
This project was funded by Hort Innovation (then Horticulture Australia Limited).

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