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TR4 response….. protecting bananas

21 April 2017

Last month marked two years since Panama Tropical Race 4 (TR4) was first detected in Queensland’s Far North, on a farm in the Tully Valley. As the anniversary neared, leading banana researchers from a...

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APP-solutely a breeze

10 April 2017

A growing number of Australian banana growers have discovered just how quick and easy record keeping can be thanks the specially-designed BetterBunch app, launched last year. Developed by the Australi...

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Growers urged to start feral pig trapping

10 April 2017

Banana growers in northern Queensland are being urged to start a feral pig trapping program to reduce the risk of spread of Panama disease tropical race 4. Biosecurity Queensland’s Acting Panama TR4 P...

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Banana marketing update

10 April 2017

In recent months, Australian Bananas have been everywhere! On our small screens, city streets, shopping centres and even our mobile phones! And, we are about to see even more of them. Hort Innovation ...

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Workshop brainstorms water quality ideas

10 April 2017

More than 500 reef water quality ideas were gathered at the Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project (WTMIP) innovation workshops held in Innisfail and Tully on 2 and 3 March. The Queensland Governm...

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Help at hand for growers doing it tough

10 April 2017

Growers facing financial hardship are being urged to make the most of  free financial counselling on offer, which could provide vital assistance to see them through difficult times. Rural financial co...

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Pint-sized GM packs a punch

10 April 2017

By Sonia Campbell When Tablelands banana grower Dennis Howe was looking to employ someone to help manage his family’s ever-growing agribusiness, he took a punt on pint-sized accountant Kim Mastin. She...

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New passion for retiring chair

10 April 2017

By Sonia Campbell When Doug Phillips took on the role of Chair of the Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC), he had no idea the challenges that would lie ahead. He stepped into the role at a time ...

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Changing of the guard

10 April 2017

The departure of Doug Phillips as Chair of the Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) in November signalled a significant changing of the guard for the council. Mr Phillips stood down from the helm...

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Grower assistance to improve reef quality

10 April 2017

More growers are about to benefit from Commonwealth funding designed to assist growers to make on-farm practice changes that reduce their environmental footprint on the Great Barrier Reef. Sonia Campb...

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NT freckle update

10 April 2017

By Rosie Godwin Banana Freckle (Phyllosticta cavendishii) was detected in Northern Territory (NT) in 2013, and a response has been underway since then. Banana Freckle affects non-Cavendish and Cavendi...

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Help guide the future of variety development

10 April 2017

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Queensland (DAF) will soon launch a new project aimed at protecting the banana industry from pests and diseases, well into the future. The Improved Plant Pr...

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Israeli tour to gain insight into TR4

10 April 2017

Israel boasts one of the most disease-free, pest-free banana industries in the world. However, with Panama Tropical Race 4 (TR4) at its doorstep, scientists from the Middle Eastern nation visited...

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Impact of the Banana Plant Protection Program

10 April 2017

The Banana Plant Protection Program, led by Professor André Drenth — conducted from November 2011 to December 2016 — was one of the banana industry’s largest research programs. Here, Prof  Drenth take...

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Duranbah trial site enters new chapter

9 April 2017

The mission to find the most productive banana varieties with good disease resistance has entered a new stage at the Duranbah trial site in Northern New South Wales. By Paula Doran Originally fu...

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Latest TR4 Varietal Screening in the NT

9 April 2017

After a delayed start due to an outbreak of Freckle Disease, a disease screening trial of Fusarium wilt Tropical Race 4 (TR4) in the Northern Territory (NT) is gaining ground, in the ongoing search to...

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QBAN update

9 April 2017

In 2017, the Quality Banana Approved Nursery (QBAN) Scheme will be updated and transferred from a state government regulated scheme to a scheme run by a partnership between the Australian Banana Growe...

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The arrival of Amazon

9 April 2017

Tristan Kitchener, of Kitchener Partners, discusses the anticipated entry of Amazon into Australia, and what their grocery and fresh foods offering could mean for the supermarket industry, and the que...

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Meeting the challenge of TR4

7 November 2016

Nineteen months since the discovery of Panama TR4 on a Tully property, containment efforts remain an industry priority. While around the globe scientists are researching means to eradicate the d...

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Freckle eradication to next phase

14 October 2016

Eradication of the Banana Freckle disease in the Northern Territory is right on track, according to outgoing State Co-ordinator Kevin Cooper. Here, he brings us up to date with the latest developments...

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