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Research for Tasmania's pyrethrum industry—20 November 2017

Research for Tasmania's pyrethrum industry—20 November 2017

A Dalmatian chrysanthemum (Tanacetum cinerariifolium), of the pyrethrum genus, which has been used for centuries as a natural insecticide.

Researchers at the Tasmania Institute of Agriculture (TIA) are continuing long-term research into disease management for the state’s pyrethrum industry, looking at opportunities to help growers reduce input costs and increase productivity.

Dr Jason Scott and Dr Tamieka Pearce, based at TIA’s Cradle Coast Campus, have recently concluded a project looking at fungicide resistance in pyrethrum and alternative methods for effectively managing disease. The project, ‘Understanding the evolution of fungicide resistance for durable control of fungal pathogens in pyrethrum’, was funded through a 2013 ARC Linkage Projects grant administered by the University of Tasmania.

“In about 2009, the local pyrethrum industry started to notice control failures where fungicides were not performing effectively, which suggested some pathogens may be developing resistance. This led to the development of this project to better understand fungicide resistance at the molecular level,” Dr Scott said.

“TIA’s disease management research aims to be responsive to industry needs, and we work in collaboration with industry to ensure information is shared and distributed to growers through field officers and industry events.”

Media issued by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture.

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