Photo by Adam H. Sparks near Emerald, Qld

DAQ00186 - Improving grower surveillance, management epidemiology knowledge and tools to manage crop disease

Photo by Adam H. Sparks near Emerald, Qld

DAQ00186 - Improving grower surveillance, management epidemiology knowledge and tools to manage crop disease

Dates active: July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2019

GRDC Project: DAQ00186

Total Funding: $5.5 million

Integrated Disease Management (IDM) using various combinations of cultural, fungicide and resistance strategies offer the most viable long-term option for controlling the significant field crop diseases in the Northern Region. This project aims to build on the advances in IDM of major summer and winter crops made in the GRDC-funded project DAQ00154.

I lead the project at USQ in conjunction with Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF) and work with New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW-DPI), South Australia Research and Development Institute (SARDI) and Western Australia Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) to meet project milestones.

Crops involved this project’s research include*:

  • barley,

  • chickpea,

  • maize,

  • mungbean,

  • peanut,

  • sorghum,

  • sunflower,

  • wheat.

The main pathogens studied in this project include:

  • Macrophomina phaseolina (charcoal rot),

  • Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens pv. flaccumfaciens (tan spot of mungbean),

  • Pseudomonas savastonoi pv. phaseolicola (halo blight of mungbean),

  • Fusarium thapsinum and F. andyazi (sorghum stalk rots),

  • F. oxysporum and F. solani (mungbean wilt),

  • Phytophthora medacaginis (chickpea phytophthora root rot),

  • Podosphara fusca (mungbean powdery mildew),

  • Neocosmospora vasinfecta (peanut root rot),

  • Diaporthe spp. (stem cankers), and

  • Tobacco Streak Virus.

Project staff are involved in structured surveys across Queensland and northern New South Wales to collect data on what diseases are present in grain crops in the GRDC Northern Region in both winter and summer grains. FulcrumApp is being used to collect data in these surveys.

Diagnostic services are offered to growers and agronomists through QDAF Toowoomba for disease and abiotic stress diagnostics.

Specific project milestones address priority diseases as identified by pathologists and the GRDC.

Work conducted in this project also contributed to DAS00137 and DAW00228.

*Crops in bold are related to specific milestones in this project.

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Adam H. Sparks
Associate Professor of Field Crops Pathology

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In this paper, we present findings from soil sampling and end-of-season disease assessments for charcoal rot in sorghum paddocks across …