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Banana bunchy top virus project, phase 4 – national surveillance and education (BA18000)

Key research provider: Australian Banana Growers’ Council

What’s it all about?

With banana bunchy top virus the most serious viral disease of bananas, this investment plays an important role in controlling the disease in Australia. Project activities are designed to protect uninfested areas; limit and remove infestation from farms and then protect from reinfestation; and to reduce the disease range.

The program’s ongoing strategy involves risk-based surveillance and plant rogueing, conducted by surveillance teams. The regularity of farm inspections will be based on the frequency and intensity of the property’s prior infections.

The program also involves a suite of awareness activities, with an education program designed to enhance the involvement of growers, consultants and other relevant partners in bunchy top management.

Phase four of this initiative has been informed by Hort Innovation Banana Fund investment Banana bunchy top virus control data (BA17001), which evaluated the effectiveness of existing control strategies and pointed towards the most economical and effective management approaches to be implemented going forward.

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Details

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