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Apply fungicide to control Ascochyta in previously resistant chickpea crops

Chickpea growers in South Australia are advised to apply preventative fungicide sprays in chickpea crops ahead of rain events for Ascochyta blight control and continue to monitor the disease after reports of disease on previously resistant varieties. Following on from reports of severe Ascochyta blight affecting previously resistant chickpea varieties […]

Continuous wet provides ideal conditions for Sclerotinia collar rot in lupins

Lupin crops across Victoria’s lupin growing regions have been experiencing high levels of Sclerotinia collar rot (caused by Sclerotinia minor) causing main stem infections as a result of cool wet conditions conducive to the disease. Some crops have been badly affected, particularly in the Victorian Mallee where infection levels of […]

Severe ascochyta in Victorian mallee chickpea crops – monitor and apply early preventative sprays

Growers in the Victorian Mallee are advised to apply early preventative fungicide sprays in chickpea crops for Ascochyta blight control and continue to monitor for disease after reports of Ascochyta blight on previously resistant varieties. In 2015 an outbreak of Ascochyta blight in a Kabuli chickpea trial in the southern […]

New weapon in the arsenal to fight barley powdery mildew

A new genetic discovery from an Ethiopian landrace has potential to significantly improve resistance in barley to powdery mildew. For the first time researchers at the Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) have found a gene that is resistant to all forms of powdery mildew, without affecting yield. The […]