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.

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

Brisbane convention centre Plaza room P3 and P4.

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

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

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 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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