Be alert to avoid lupin anthracnose outbreak
24 October 2018
Agriculture Victoria is asking growers to follow restrictions for lupin seed entering Victoria to avoid a lupin anthracnose outbreak.
Lupin seed must be certified for lupin anthracnose freedom.
Chief Plant Health Officer Dr Rosa Crnov said businesses receiving stock feed from states and areas affected by lupin anthracnose should immediately implement best-practice biosecurity measures to reduce the risk of inadvertently importing the disease into Victoria.
“Businesses using imported stockfeed containing lupins and lupin host material, should ensure that lupin crops are not planted in paddocks where the material was fed to stock in the previous season,” Dr Crnov said.
“Growers should also be vigilant for volunteer plants the following season due to uneaten grain,” she said.
“By not planting lupins in these paddocks the following season and removing volunteer plants, the risk of lupin anthracnose establishing in Victoria is very low.
“These simple measures will manage the risk of lupin anthracnose affecting growers in Victoria.”
Victoria’s quarantine entry requirements for lupin anthracnose were reviewed as part of an Import Risk Analysis (IRA) in 2015.
While the IRA found that permit requirements regarding the movement of lupin seed were no longer required, lupin seed must still be certified for lupin anthracnose freedom.
Growers wanting to import agricultural machinery or packages used with lupins or lupin diagnostic samples must obtain a permit from Agriculture Victoria’s Plant Standards Officer by telephoning 136 186.
Additional information can also be found at: www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/plantnotices.
Contact Name: Deb Banks
Contact Number: 0447 388 193
Categorised under: Agriculture,Biosecurity