The following are some key exotic pests of bananas, as identified through the development of the Industry Biosecurity Plan for the Banana Industry. Additional information is included in the fact sheets.
The climate of Australian banana production regions would allow each of the pests listed to survive, spread and establish, should they be introduced. Any of these pests would have serious consequences should they enter and become established in Australia. Implementing biosecurity measures to control endemic pests will go a long way towards preventing exotic pests from entering and becoming established on your farm.
The National Banana Extension and Development Project has produced video about tropical race 4 Panama disease (Fusarium wilt). This video is on the Biosecurity Queensland Youtube channel and the Australian Banana Growers Council website. The biosecurity measures suggested in this video are also effective for other diseases (caused by fungi, bacteria and viruses) that can be transmitted in soil, water and plant material.
Remain observant for anything unusual in your plantation and storage facilities. If a pest is found that is not normally present on your property, it may be new not only to your property, but to the region, state or even Australia.
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If you have a relevant degree or experience in the animal health or agriculture industry, a great team player and have excellent organisation and communication skills, we'd love to hear from you! - https://t.co/3BIgw1IzRI
Feral animals and weeds aren’t just a nuisance, they can also introduce diseases, parasites and weeds to your property. Make sure you have the upper hand https://t.co/IRCb7nc0Cg @planthealthaust#biosecurity
Stay alert for this little invader: the Large Earth Bumblebee. Recently detected in Sydney's Northern suburbs @nswdpi need to know if he has friends in our neighborhood. If you see it, please try to take a photo and if safe to do so, catch one and put it in your freezer for ID.
To reduce the risk of any brown marmorated stink bugs arriving from overseas, we've introduced new measures for used vehicles and machinery arriving from Japan. They'll need to be inspected and cleaned at an MPI-approved facility in Japan before export >> https://t.co/nDQ8xCtWg7
Foreign fishing vessels can carry a range of hitchhiking pests. Check out #BiosecurityMatters to read about what we did when an abandoned #fishing boat washed ashore of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands | https://t.co/9LkPmC4mG2