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Ongoing project

First Detector Network: USA Huanglongbing and citrus canker (CT18003)

Key research provider: Citrus Australia

What’s it all about?

The First Detector Network is made up of a range of personnel working in commercial orchards, packing sheds and the research community, who regularly undertake inspection and monitoring of trees and fruit for high-priority pests during seasonal production, harvesting and packing. The group is coordinated under Improving biosecurity preparedness of the Australian citrus industry (CT17001).

Investment CT18003 is providing funding for network representatives to undertake a 2019 field visit to the United States, where currently the citrus industry in Florida is mounting a campaign to find and destroy Huanglongbing and Asian citrus psyllid (a vector of the disease) as they threaten to enter the main production region in the San Joaquin valley. Areas of the region have also been significantly affected by citrus canker.

The visit will be an opportunity for the Australian industry to gain insights and improve surveillance techniques to better prepare for incursions of such exotic pests, and to see firsthand the impacts and symptoms of both Huanglongbing and canker.

Related levy funds

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