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Plant Health

The Tasmanian Plant Disease Diagnostic Service is delivered by the Plant Health Branch, located at New Town Laboratories near Hobart. The Service provides identification of the causes of plant death or stunting in plants of agricultural, ornamental or environmental significance. Clients include industry, private individuals and Quarantine authorities.

It can provide identification of plant diseases caused by agents such as fungi, bacteria and viruses; other services include testing of seeds for plant pathogens and certification of disease freedom for Quarantine purposes. Most services offered by the Diagnostic Service attract a fee. Details of these are available from the relevant contact below.

Plant Pathology
Provides identification of the causes of plant death, or stunting in plants, of agricultural, ornamental or environmental significance.
Provides diagnostic and control advice for plant pests and diseases
Phytophthora is an introduced fungus that can pose a significant threat to susceptible plant communities.
Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus
WSMV is an important disease of wheat and recent testing by DPIPWE has confirmed its presence in Tasmania.
Potato Virus Testing
Three potato diseases - Virus S, Virus X and Leaf Roll Virus - have been detected at low levels in a small number of Tasmanian seed potato crops.
What to do if you think you’ve seen an emergency plant pest or disease:

1. Read the Emergency Plant Pest Fact Sheet - it will help you give us the sort of information we need to investigate it.

2. Call Quarantine Tasmania on (03) 6233 3352. For further information you can also call the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline 1800 084 881

If in doubt whether it is an emergency plant pest or disease, report it anyway.

Quarantine Tasmania in co-operation with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has implemented a multiple pest survey to improve early detection of exotic plant pests. Find out more.

See also:
Fruit Fly
Blueberry Anthracnose
Myrtle Rust
Green Snail

Further information:

  Phone: 1300 368 550

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For further information, or to submit specimens, contact the Plant Pathologist:

  Dr Ziqing Yuan
  Senior Plant Pathologist
  13 St Johns Avenue
  Phone: 03 6233 3273 or 1300 368 550 (local call cost)
  Fax: 03 6278 2716

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