Northern Exposure: what's in the water of the Ord River Irrigation Area?
Zappia, R.E., Hüberli, D., Hardy, G.E.St.J. and Bayliss, K.L. (2011) Northern Exposure: what's in the water of the Ord River Irrigation Area? In: Asian Association of Societies for Plant Pathology (AASPP) and the Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference, 26 - 29 April, Darwin, Australia.
In August 2010 a pilot study was conducted in the Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA) to assess the presence of plant pathogens in the irrigation water. As part of this initial study, water from the irrigation supply channels were sampled over a three week period towards the end of the dry season, to evaluate: (1) plant pathogen detection methods – baiting and filtering; and (2) spatial and temporal variations in plant pathogen detection. The objective of this work was to determine the best approach for detecting plant pathogens in irrigation water. From this work, a baseline of oomycete and fungal organisms present in the water was also established. These preliminary results will be discussed, as well as future objectives of this research.
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