Seed – how risky is it? – 9 June 2021 Growers Workshop

Please join us for a short workshop to review seed as an entry pathway for exotic and endemic plant diseases.

Organisers:
Cherie Gambley, DAF QLD, Fiona Constable, Agriculture Victoria and Callum Fletcher, AusVeg

Where:
Brisbane convention centre Plaza room P3 and P4.

When:
2:30 to 4:30 pm Wednesday the 9 th of June 2021

Who:
Vegetable, melon and nursery industry production chains – from seed to harvest,
biosecurity agencies, researchers and other interested parties.

What:
The workshop will be a combination of short talks to cover key aspects of the seed pathway
and potential risks. This will be followed by a discussion session to identify future directions
of seed pathways – do we need more testing of seed, do we need disinfestation strategies,
should there be more focus on seed -borne endemic diseases, do we need to do something
completely different, or do we need to do nothing?

The short talks will cover the following topics:
– ‘Clean seed – A perspective from the Australian vegetable industry’ – Callum Fletcher, AusVeg
– ‘Imported seed: Risk assessment and mitigation’ – Neil Grant, DAWE
– ‘Snap shot of risk from exotic pathogens’ – Fiona Constable, Agriculture Victoria
– ‘What is the cost of seed-borne endemic diseases:- recent impacts in vegetables’ – Cherie Gambley, DAF, QLD
– Perspective from the Australian Seed Federation (TBA)
– Case Study: Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) – Melon Industry representative

Please come along and provide your experience and ideas on seed risk. RSVP is appreciated but not essential.
Please email cherie.gambley@daf.qld.gov.au or phone 0423 200 211 for further information or to RSVP. If you wish to participate and can’t make it in person, please contact us and we will provide a zoom link.

Also note this workshop is not advertised in the HortConnection programme or on the website.

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