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Ongoing project

Improved management of pumpkin brown etch (VG15064)

Key research provider: Applied Horticultural Research

What’s it all about?

This investment seeks to improve the management of brown etch, also known as ‘rust mark’, in pumpkin crops. It is working to:

  • Confirm the cause and environmental conditions conducive to brown etch
  • Investigate varietal resistance/susceptibility in current commercial varieties
  • Develop and evaluate suitable control measures
  • Extend management strategies to growers.


The project team is always keen to hear from growers who have seen or who are currently experiencing brown etch in their crops. Contact Dr Jenny Ekman at AHR on 0407 384 285 or at


Related levy funds

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