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Ongoing project

Avocado sunblotch viroid survey (AV18007)

Key research provider: The University of Queensland

What’s it all about?

This investment is surveying for avocado sunblotch viroid in growing regions across Australia, to provide evidence to support declarations of regional or national freedom from the pathogen.

A declaration of ‘pest freedom’ – whether at a farm, region or national level – will facilitate export to countries that have their own domestic industry and may be concerned about the introduction of avocado sunblotch viroid, such as New Zealand. Understanding any current distribution of the viroid will also allow a better assessment of the risk of importing avocados to Australia from countries where the pathogen is common.

Importantly, the work and protocols this investment is establishing – such as its use of databases, its surveillance approaches and its analytical techniques – will have broad applicability across a number of biosecurity threats relevant to the Australian avocado industry, now and into the future.

Related levy funds

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