Disease outbreaks prompt calls for mungbean samples

Author: | Date: 22 Dec 2015

Wet weather has sparked the development of bacterial and fungal diseases in a number of mungbean crops across Queensland in recent weeks.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is calling on growers to help combat this potentially costly problem by submitting plant samples for disease testing.

Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) plant pathologist Lisa Kelly said halo blight samples from all Queensland and New South Wales production areas are particularly sought after to help determine which races of the pathogen are dominating commercial crops.

“The research aims to identify individual disease strains and will pave the way for the development of more resistant varieties,” Ms Kelly said.

Growers are being urged to contact Ms Kelly at DAF prior to sending samples on (07) 4688 1590, 0477 747 040 or on email

Samples displaying diseased symptoms should be sent to 203 Tor Street, Toowoomba Qld, 4350.

More information on halo blight identification and management is available in the online GRDC Mungbean GrowNote module.

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