This 12-month scoping study makes recommendations for strategic short and long term investment priorities in vegetable IPM pathology.
The project included :
The project established the current position of pathology IPM and identified gaps in knowledge and determined the relevant factors for adoption of IPM in Australian conditions.”.
In 2007 a series of industry workshops was conducted to identify pathogens of importance, their economic impact and assess the need for new integrated pest management strategies in the Australian vegetable industry.
Workshop participants (over 150) included key growers, consultant, chemical resellers, and researchers from the relevant Departments of Primary Industries, National Universities, CSIRO and private sector providers.
The aim of the industry workshops was to brainstorm pathology priorities of regional importance, align these with the sub-program areas determined during the preliminary workshop, identify points of significant difference and modify the sub-program areas accordingly.
The researchers gratefully acknowledge the financial support for this project from Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL), AUSVEG, the Federal Government
The authors thank the members of the large list of growers and agricultural consultants and researchers who provided the information in the report.
In particular, special thanks go to the State vegetable IDOs for organisation of the meetings and the key crop consultants: Karl Riedel, David Carey, Dominic Cavallaro, Lachlan Chilman and the HAL Program Manager, Leanne Wilson.
Funding was provided by Australian vegetable growers (from the R & D levy, and the Department of Primary Industries, Victoria. The Australian Government provides matched funding for all HAL’s R&D activities.