Papaya clean seed program (PP18001)
What’s it all about?
Beginning in late 2018, this investment is tasked with delivering a clean seed protocol to help protect the papaya industry against papaya sticky disease.
Papaya meleira virus 2 (PMeV2) is a seed-transmissible virus that is associated with symptom development in papaya sticky disease. Investigations have found the virus in plant lines used to generate seeds for the industry, raising the need for a clean seed program.
The work is also investigating other causal agents of the disease and raising general awareness.
This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Papaya Fund.