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Field Trip and Workshops

Field Trip Tweed Valley

When: Monday 26 August 2024

Time: 8.00am departure and return approximately 4.30pm.

Depart: Peppers Salt Resort and Spa

Cost: $130 AUD

Join us to learn more about the crops and their problematic pathogens, the soils and the interactions of the three in the subtropical and spectacular Tweed Valley in the shadow of Wollumbin (Mt Warning). We will visit sugar cane, grain legumes, banana, avocado and sweet potato farms and hear how growers are managing the constraints of soil-borne diseases. For example, how soybeans are improving nitrogen fixation and soil health as part of a rotation with cane and how the cane industry is managing the endemic oomycete pathogen, Pachymetra. 

The 26th August bus tour will depart at 8am and return by 4:30pm and will include lunch. Make sure you have a hat and comfortable, closed in shoes as there will be some walking involved.

Workshop 1: Nematology Workshop

When: Tuesday 27 August 2024

Time: 8.30am - 3.30pm

Where: Peppers Salt Resort and Spa

Cost: $110 AUD

More details to follow.

Workshop 2: Phytophthora Workshop

When: Friday 30 August 2024

Time: 8.00am

Departs: Peppers Salt Resort and Spa

Cost: TBA

Description: The oomycete genus Phytophthora includes many serious pathogens of natural and horticultural systems. P. cinnamomi is recognised as a Key Threatening Process to Australia’s biodiversity under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999). In addition to direct losses due to plant deaths and habitat destruction, managing outbreaks of disease caused by Phytophthora imposes significant extra costs for growers and land managers. This workshop brings together experts to discuss the distribution of Phytophthora species across Australasia, identifying risks of emerging species and diseases, benchmarking sampling methodologies, current and novel detection and identification methods, best practice in management and the development and implementation of nursery accreditation.

Expressions of interest only.  This workshop may involve possible overnight stay in the Border Ranges.

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