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Ongoing project

Improving on-farm surveillance strategies for tospoviruses and thrips to enhance the biosecurity of the nursery industry (NY19007)

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

What’s it all about?

This investment is developing accurate surveillance tools and strategies for the detection of tospoviruses and thrips, to enable rapid responses and reduce impacts in nursery production.

Once these tools have been delivered to industry, this investment will also facilitate the adoption of best management practices by assessing how project outcomes and practices can be incorporated into existing nursery industry management and biosecurity systems such as Biosecure HACCP.

Specifically, this project will:

  • Improve understanding of the prevalence and changing populations of all tospoviruses species and thrips vectors in nursery production region
  • Assess the genetic variability and seasonal population dynamics of tospoviruses and thrips in nursery production systems, including the impact and interaction of neighbouring landscapes
  • Develop smart surveillance diagnostic tools
  • Develop, in consultation with industry members, a workable surveillance strategy for detection of exotic tospoviruses in the nursery industry.

This information will be used to support nursery industry biosecurity more broadly, by informing surveillance strategies and management practices.

Related levy funds
Details

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