Surveillance by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has confirmed further detections of the tomato potato psyllid in the Perth area. New detections of the insect pest include commercial and backyard vegetable crops, a commercial nursery, and on seedlings at three retail outlets.
The department has moved quickly to restrict the movement of the host plants and any associated material, such as horticultural equipment, from the premises. Department Chief Plant Biosecurity Officer John van Schagen said the department was tracing the recent movement of seedlings as a priority. Tomato potato psyllid is an emergency plant pest, impacting Solanaceae plants including potato, tomato, eggplant, capsicum, chilli and tamarillos. It also attacks sweet potato.
Due to our continued growth we are looking to enhance our management team with the appointment of a Propagation Manager. Our client is a family owned nursery, specialising in the propagation and production of quality plants for the landscape and revegetation industries. Working in this key position you will manage the daily production of plants from seed, cutting, grafting and tissue culture deflasking to achieve monthly production targets. Job description is attached.
For further information please call Laura Crowe at Hudson on 9323 0274.
The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is undertaking surveillance in commercial crops and backyard gardens in the Perth area, following the suspect detection of tomato potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli).
The tomato potato psyllid can significantly impact production, attacking a range of plants in the Solanaceae family including potato, tomato, eggplant, capsicum and chilli.
It has been detected in a commercial property north of Perth, a backyard vegetable patch in Belmont and backyard tomatoes in two properties in Mount Hawthorn.
The impacted properties have been quarantined, and the movement of host material (plant and vegetable) from these properties has been restricted.
DNA barcoding is underway to determine the exact species of the pest. The results are expected this week.
The St Barbe Grove Nursery, located in Hazelmere, is the headquarters of Men of The Trees in Western Australia. The nursery was established in 1987 to support the mission of bringing people together to plant and grow trees, and in doing so achieve healthy, productive and sustainable landscapes. MOTT is NIASA accredited and EcoHort certified through the FMS program.
Let's celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day on January 10th by recognising all of the amazing benefits houseplants provide. They’re decorative, boost well-being and purify indoor air. Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to show your houseplants a little TLC. Thank a plant today for bringing beauty into your home and office, making you feel good and naturally cleansing the very air you breathe inside.
On Wednesday, our NGIWA Nextgen group (aged 18-35) were provided with an amazing opportunity to have an inside look at Richgro’s Bioenergy plant located at their Jandakot site. A first in the Southern Hemisphere, Richgro’s $8 million enclosed Anaerobic Digestion Plant is turning tonnes of waste from many commercial companies, that would otherwise go to landfill, into clean energy and power that can be exported back to the grid.
The tour was led by Tim Richards of Richgro, who explained in great detail all the different processes involved in creating up to 2MWE of electricity via their anaerobic digestion plant. Tim made mention of similar anaerobic digestion plants already operating in Germany and the U.S, which really brought home how far ahead other countries are in producing renewable energy. Everyone agreed, it was a very interesting and informative tour which gave them great insight into the ‘green’ alternatives available for creating power well into the future.
A big thanks to the Richgro team for hosting the tour, and our industry sponsor Water Corporation for sponsoring the event. Also, thanks to Matthew lunn, NGIWA CEO who cooked a delicious bbq lunch for all who attended.
Michael Gorman (NextGen Coordinator)
Situated 450 kms south of Perth you will find the port city of Albany and home to NGIWA member, Great Southern Institute of Technology (GSIT). I had met Mark Randall, lecturer of Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management, back in August at our biosecurity forum and had agreed I would visit the college and speak to the staff and students about the work of NGIWA and careers in horticulture. A month ago I made the trek to Albany and was delighted to find that the the future of horticulture is in safe hands and that our regional areas of WA are alive and kicking with up to date training facilities.
On Tuesday we held our final NGIWA/GCA Retailers Night for 2016. The theme was 'Christmas Retailing' and our 40+ guests were entertained by Sabrina Hahn, who presented 'The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Christmas Retail". Our sponsors for the night, Sunpalm Australia showcased their Langley Fertilizer product, Troforte and members learned a thing or two about christmas wrapping.
Special thanks to new NGIWA members, Caitlin and Simon Mitchell of Miaflora Garden Centre in Inglewood, for allowing us to hold this event in their pretty fairy lit establishment. The balmy evening meant we could put on a barbeque following the presentations where everyone was able to mingle, network and build friendships.
NGIWA membership covers a variety of horticultural organisations and we are delighted to have as part of our portfolio, a number of community nurseries. Recently I made the trip to North Fremantle to catch up with the staff at Apace nursery and see first-hand the benefits the local community can gain by having such an organisation on their doorstep.
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