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.
In the latest #PotatoesAustralia, National TPP Coordinator Alan Nankivell discusses why #potato growers should continue to prepare for a TPP or zebra chip detection. Read more on p16, online now: https://t.co/KUHrwgzVFp @Hort_Au
Are your fruit trees and veggie patch up to scratch? Regularly inspecting your garden and picking up fallen fruit helps minimise the risk of #fruitfly and other pests, especially in the Loxton, Ceduna or Thevenard fruit fly outbreak areas. https://t.co/enNtQ3M7Fi
Read about Sunraysia grower Peter Argiro & his prototype spray rig that he built to bait for fruit fly. ATGA in collaboration with GSPFA will be running 6 repeat field days for growers about spraying & baiting options. Come find out what's best for you - https://t.co/grQLQCCLxK https://t.co/jb22XVfGMJ