The following are some of the key exotic pests of summerfruit, identified in the development of the Industry Biosecurity Plan for the Summerfruit Industry. Any of these pests would have serious consequences should they enter and become established in Australia. For a complete list of exotic pests of summerfruit, contact Summerfruit Australia for a copy of the industry biosecurity plan.
The climate of Australian summerfruit production regions would allow each of these pests to survive, spread and establish should they be introduced. Additional information on each of these pests is included in the fact sheets.
Implementing biosecurity measures to control endemic pests will go a long way towards preventing exotic pests from entering and becoming established on your farm.
Plum pox potyvirus. European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization Archive, Bugwood.org
Plum pox virus
Also known as Sharka, the virus affects numerous Prunus spp.
Symptoms are highly variable but may appear on trunks, leaves or fruit
Leaves may show chlorotic spots, bands or rings and vein clearing
Fruit or stones can look mottled or spotted
Trunks can split and fruit may drop prematurely
Spread locally by aphids
Dispersed long distance through infected propagation material