Cotton Crop Health in Australia

Cotton Crop Health in Australia

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New research by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) will focus on the fungal disease Verticillium wilt to help the Australian cotton industry manage the risk associated with the disease. The key to combating this pathogen will be increasing the understanding of the genetic makeup and how diverse symptoms are in Australian cotton crops.

NSW DPI Plant Pathologist Dr Karen Kirkby and her team, based at the Australian Cotton Research Institute in Narrabri, will collaborate with DPI Research Scientist Dr. Toni Chapman at the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute to develop a tool for cotton growers to determine the level of Verticillium dahliae in soil.

This project is being undertaken as part of the Digital Technologies for Dynamic Management of Disease, Stress and Yield Programme, supported by Wine Australia and Cotton Research and Development Corporation, through funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its rural research and development for profit programme and NSW DPI.