Dale Grey, Agriculture Victoria, said there were five major exotic pests his organisation had identified as key pests, with four of them not found in Australia and one, lupin anthracnose, limited to Western Australia. Mr Grey said the Ag Vic coordinated Crop Safe network was particularly concerned with four exotic pests, khapra beetle, Ug 99 stem rust of wheat, barley gall midge and the fungal disease karnal bunt. Khapra beetle has long been a major concern for the Aussie grains sector. With many countries having strict zero tolerance policies for khapra beetle in exports he said an incursion could have major impacts on export markets. Unlike khapra beetle it is a fungal disease.
Source: The North Africa Journal March 30, 2020 23:03 UTC