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Ongoing project

Field-based testing for fall armyworm (MT19014)

Key research provider: Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

What’s it all about?

The Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (DAWE) recently funded the development of a rapid molecular test for use in the field for early detection and identification of fall armyworm.

This short investment will conduct the second phase of this research to foster national collaboration in monitoring the movement of fall armyworm through the provision of a quick and accurate test with standardised protocols for use.

The project is:

  • Facilitating the rapid identification of fall armyworm in regional Australia through in-field testing across multiple horticultural areas.
  • Increasing awareness of in-field testing in regional Australia, especially northern Australia. This includes engaging with biosecurity and growers to demonstrate the testing.
  • Improving knowledge of technological requirements in regional Australia to allow the rollout of this technology for fall armyworm detection and surveillance.

This project is a multi-industry strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Melon, Nursery, Sweetpotato, Turf and Vegatable Funds.