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The South Australian Grower -- November 2009
Almond industry prepares for
sharpshooter prevention fight
closer to Australia's
borders, the glassy-
winged sharpshooter has the
potential to devestate many
of Australia's horticultural
crops and is of great concern
to almond growers.
Now in French Polynesia
and the Cook Islands, the
sharpshooter is also a carrier
of a number of high-impact
exotic diseases, including
almond leaf scorch.
Almond Board of Australia
chief executive officer Julie
Haslett said efforts to keep the
sharpshooter -- considered
dangerous enough to be
included in the high priority
section of the Plant Health
Australia pest categorisation
list -- had to be shared.
"While there are stringent
quarantine measures in place
to tr y and keep these pests
out of the country, we have a
role to play as well," Ms
"Everyone in the almond
industry needs to be alert and
actively involved in
sur veilence so if something
does slip through, we have
the best chance for early
detection, containment and
The farmgate value of South
Australian almonds is
estimated to about $71
million, with the State
contributing about 60 per cent
of Australia's total almond
production -- meaning any pest
outbreak would be heavily felt
by the local industr y.
Growers will be equipped
with relevant preventative
strategies and information
about the glassy-winged
sharpshooter in the new
Orchard Biosecurity Manual for
the Almond Industry, a manual
designed in conjunction with
PHA to help growers protect
their orchards from invasive
"Our industry is growing
rapidly and is focussed on
both overseas and local
markets," Ms Haslett said.
"Good biosecurity is essential
to ensuring market access."
PHA programs general
manager Rod Turner said
prevention was much cheaper
and easier when compared
with the cost of trying to
eradicate sharpshooters once
they had established themselves
"Regularly checking planting
material, making workers aware
of biosecurity measures and
cleaning vehicles and
equipment are just some
techniques that can easily be
incorporated into day-to-day
orchard operations," Mr
Other exotic pests examined
by the manual include
phomopsis canker, almond
seed wasp, navel orangeworm
and ten-lined june beetle.
Details: Almond Board of Australia
08 8582 2055, australianal-
monds.com.au; Plant Health
Australia 02 6260 4322,
Growers will be equipped with relevant preventative strategies and
information about the glassy-winged sharpshooter in the new
Orchard Biosecurity Manual for the Almond Industry. (Photo courtesy
of the University of California)
Sharpshooters close in
Insects carry exotic
Manual aids grower
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