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Ongoing project

Pest and disease management and research services (MU16003)

Key research provider: University of Tasmania

What’s it all about?

Beginning in late 2017, this investment is about assisting growers in understanding and managing key pests and diseases of mushrooms.

It is tasked with delivering new farm-focused resources and education, and with maintaining AGORA, the industry’s web-based pest and disease management knowledge database, which was established in earlier levy-funded work. Accessing AGORA requires an assigned username and password. If you’re unsure of your details, require access for new staff members, or would like to arrange a time for a phone tutorial on how to use AGORA, contact Judy Allan at judyallan@bigpond.com or on 02 6767 1057.

The project’s ultimate goal is to reduce the threat and costs of both endemic and exotic mushroom pests and diseases. Specific activities over the course the work include…

  • Conducting a review of new and emerging pathogens, including the bacterial Janthinobacterium agaricidamnosum, Burkholderia gladioloi pv agaricicola, Ewingella americana and Psuedomonas agarici; the fungal Syzygites megalocarpus, Mycogene perniciosa and Trichoderma aggressivum; and the viral mushroom X virus
  • Creating new and emerging symptom recognition resources for use on-farm
  • Delivering grower alerts about any activity of the pathogens in Australia
  • Delivering updates and information to growers at industry events and in the levy-funded Australian Mushrooms Journal.

ACT NOW

Growers are encouraged to contact the project team for more information on the work, to access information and to share experiences with on-farm hygiene, confidentially. Reach out to Warwick Gill at warwick.gill@utas.edu.au or on 0417 766 588, or contact Judy Allen at judyallan@bigpond.com or on 02 6767 1057.

Related levy funds
Details

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