Pest and disease management for the Australian mushroom industry (MU21007)
What's it all about?
This project is reducing the negative economic impacts experienced by the mushroom industry as a direct result of the influence of pests and diseases infiltrating mushrooms crops. The project will conduct research into pest and disease management options, extensively engage with growers and provide access to farm-focused extension activities.
MU21007 recognises the role chemical control options play in pest and disease management. However, it seeks to provide growers with the necessary tools and resources to increase confidence in using non-chemical management strategies, such as:
- Recognise pest infestations and disease symptoms early.
- Consider available biological control options.
- Make the correct management decisions in a timely manner.
- Prevent the indirect costs of disease, which can include the purchase of pesticides and salt and the labour costs for monitoring and applying treatments.
This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Mushroom Fund