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Ongoing project

Avocado industry biosecurity capacity building (AV16010)

Key research provider: The University of Queensland

What’s it all about?

This investment began in late 2017 to bolster biosecurity for the avocado industry. It is tasked with developing new diagnostic protocols for high-risk biosecurity threats to the industry, such
as avocado scab fungus Sphaceloma perseae, and maintaining existing diagnostic protocols for quarantinable pests and pathogens.

The project is also monitoring emerging biosecurity threats to allow rapid responses to any incursions that arise, and providing diagnostic support for other levy-funded avocado plant health projects.

As part of the work, the researchers are also specifically looking at the diversity of scolytid beetles and associated fungi affecting avocados in Australia.


Related levy funds

This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Avocado Fund