Lucerne yellows disease: testing and extension of disease management strate




Pasture Seeds

Research Organisation

The University of Sydney

Objective Summary

The aim of this project is to build on earlier RIRDCfunded work in which the pathogen and vectors responsible for Australian lucerne yellows disease were determined and in which tentative disease management strategies were identified. This project willproduce a 'toolkit' of disease management approaches that growers will be able to draw from to better manage this important plant disease. These strategies will include measures to reduce immigration into lucerne crops of diseasecarrying leafhopper insects remove the noncrop hosts of the pathogen as well as management to alleviate the severity of symptoms in infected plants. Reflecting the regional differences in lucerne production and integrated pest management (IPM) practices research will takeplace in both NSW and South Australia. The optimal disease management strategies will be extended to growers by an illustrated colour 'ute guide'type tool with more detailed information available on a farmerfriendly web site. The rigour of the outcomes will be assured by submitting findings to a peerreviewed journal (Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture).

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Project Stage


Project Start Date

Friday, July 2, 2004

Project Completion Date

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Journal Articles From Project

Not Available

National Priority


National Priority


National Priority

PSE-Production and processing efficiency and profitability


Related publications


Australian Lucerne Yellows Disease: Testing and Extension of Disease Management Strategies