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Exotic fungal spores in the Australian Plant Biosecurity context

Barua, P., Barbetti, M., You, M., Bayliss, K.L. and Lanoiselet, V. (2014) Exotic fungal spores in the Australian Plant Biosecurity context. In: Science Exchange, 6 - 9 May, Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.

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Abstract

This project aims to define the relative likelihood of, and means by which, exotic fungal spore incursions on or in different carrier materials can occur by assessing common pathogen species in Australia and likely entry pathways and develop effective methods of decontamination of such infested materials.

In Australia, the risk of inadvertent introduction of exotic fungal pathogen particularly by spores is increasing. Many of these exotic fungal pathogens pose a threat to our agricultural, horticultural and natural ecosystems if introduced into Australia e.g. Ug99. This research will improve the current understanding of the different entry pathways of fungal pathogens to Australia. The research project will specifically focus on the role of different materials as fungal spore carriers and their effects on spore survivability using common fungal spores as a model to develop and apply prototype tools to detect the contamination of carrier materials with exotic fungal pathogen threats, and develop effective methods of decontamination of such contaminated materials.

Publication Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Plant Biosecurity CRC
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/37180
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