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Protecting Australian cotton from Verticillium wilt

Grain Central, 25 July 2017

New research by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) will focus on the fungal disease Verticillium wilt to help the Australian cotton industry manage the risk associated with the disease.

Discovery set to protect wheat from wheat blast fungus

Neil Lyon, 12 July 2017

An international team of researchers has uncovered an important link to a disease which, left unchecked, could prove devastating to wheat.

‘Stop the spot’ campaign tackles damaging wheat disease

Grain Central, 06 July 2017

A three-year research initiative has analysed samples of yellow spot – arguably Australia’s most economically damaging wheat disease – generating valuable knowledge that will help breeders develop varieties with improved disease resistance.

‘Watch and act’ to counter Ascochyta threat

Grain Central, 06 June 2017

Chickpea growers and agronomists are being advised to `watch and act accordingly’ when it comes to managing the fungal disease Ascochyta blight this season.

Triple threat of foliar disease in cereals

Grain Central, 02 June 2017

Farmers in Victoria are being warned that a trio of factors has increased the risk of cereal crops suffering from foliar disease this season.

Ascochyta flares in early chickpea crops

Neil Lyon, 29 May 2017

The devastating chickpea disease, Ascochyta blight, has made an early appearance this season with agronomists detecting the first outbreaks of the disease in emerging crops in southern Queensland.

Knock out regrowth to minimise rust risk

Grain Central, 24 May 2017

With the 2017 cropping season shaping as a high risk year for barley leaf rust and wheat leaf rust in Western Australia, it is not too late for growers to control regrowth from last season’s crops that can harbour rust pathogens.

Chickpeas lose resistance to Ascochyta blight

Grain Central, 12 May 2017

A virulence change in the Ascochyta blight pathogen has broken down the resistance of chickpea varieties to the devastating disease, with all current varieties now rated as either susceptible to moderately susceptible to infection.

Growers get jump on soil-borne diseases

Grain Central, 05 May 2017

Growers across the southern cropping region are avoiding extensive yield and economic losses by knowing the risk of soil-borne diseases before they begin sowing this year’s crops.

Crown rot threat to yield potential

Grain Central, 24 April 2017

Predicta B DNA-based soil tests across northern NSW and southern Queensland so far this year suggest the risk of crown rot and root lesion nematode (Pratylenchus thornei) for 2017 crops is similar to 2016, with 26pc and 49pc of paddocks recording medium to high risk levels respectively.