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Latest Research from the Science Protecting Plant Health conference

The Science Protecting Plant Health Conference was held in Brisbane during September 2017. A partnership between the Australian Plant Pathology Society and the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre, conference presentations covered diagnostics, resistance breeding, epidemiology, emerging pests and diseases, biological control, on-farm biosecurity, pest and pathogen surveillance and responding to pest […]

Preliminary PREDICTA® B results show prevalence of Ascochyta inoculum

Figure 1 Ascochyta blight (Phoma rabiei) population density in PREDICTA® B and NVT sites in 2017

Growers are now able to utilise the PREDICTA® B DNA-based soil test to detect the presence of Ascochyta blight inoculum (Phoma rabiei) in their paddocks. Initial testing has shown that the Ascochyta fungus was detected in 35 per cent of samples from the Northern Region. This finding is a concern […]

Webinar: Telling your story with maps

story maps

Using Esri Story Maps is a great way to share your information and story with a wide variety of stakeholders with no coding experience necessary. Story Maps is driven by ArcGIS Online and provides a great method for communicating information and engaging your audience in a graphical and narrative way. […]

Webinar: Running Effective Webinars

Jennifer Chilek, eLearning and Extension specialist from Texas A&M University presented this webinar on 10th May 2016. Jennifer Chilek has been using technology to teach and teaching people to use technology for communication and educational outreach for nearly 2 decades. The webinar covers all aspects of how to run an […]

Webinar: UAVs in the USA

Find out how Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are being used in agriculture in the USA. What types are most popular and why, the basics of getting off the ground, and what’s on the horizon for the use of drones in agriculture.
In this one hour webinar recorded for eXtensionAUS, Victor Villegas […]

Latest on crop disease: 2016 Mid-year GRDC Update Papers

Northern Region
Management of the major mungbean diseases in Australia
Presented at Towoomba, Chinchilla and Mullaley by Lisa Kelly DAF QLD

For management of halo blight and tan spot: Plant seed with the lowest possible levels of infection, use varieties with higher levels of resistance, clean harvesting equipment, control weeds and volunteers, and […]

Webinar: Powdery mildew in wheat and the implications for this season in WA

Powdery mildew wheat Ciara Beard DAFWA

Early detection of powdery mildew in wheat in the Bindi Bindi region and south of Kadoux prompted the DAFWA team to present a webinar on powdery mildew in wheat and the implications for the 2016 season.  This webinar was presented on July 6, 2016.

The key messages from the webinar were:

Powdery […]

Early severe blackleg infection requires fungicide application

Monitor crops for blackleg
Growers are usually encouraged to monitor for blackleg in the spring. However, in 2016 widespread, severe early blackleg leaf lesions have occurred across Australia’s canola growing regions.
The increased incidence of early disease is due to the following key factors:

continued leaf wetness driving the disease cycle;
the blackleg […]