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Shedding light on Strawberry Little Leaf Disease in Victoria
Anecdotal evidence has suggested an increase in the incidence of “lethal yellows” and “little leaf” diseases in Victorian strawberry crops.  Subsequently, a recent study has been underway to gather additional information about these diseases and their prevalence in strawberries.  Symptoms associated with both “lethal yellows” and “little leaf” diseases are similar, and include the development of small yellowing leaves, decline, and death. Occasionally, affected plants may also exhibit bronzing or reddening of older leaves, green petal symptoms or abnormal developments.  Click here for more information on the study.
Strawberry plants affected with strawberry little leaf disease (Photo: Fiona Constable)
Cold-stored runners to extend season for strawberry growers
With early season strawberries attracting a higher price in the market, being able to get earlier fruit yields is a win for growers.  Recent research has shed light on one approach to making these earlier yields more achievable.
With a focus on growing strawberries north of Perth, the Horticulture Innovation Australia funded study has revealed the potential of using cold-stored runners in this region.  Further details on this research is available here.
California Agriculture journal - special edition on methyl bromide
With 2016 the last year in which California strawberry growers will use methyl bromide, the California Agriculture journal has released a special edition featuring seven articles discussing methyl bromide alternatives and the economic and production effects on the California strawberry industry. 

The journal, written specifically for the US, features several papers on new approaches to managing soilborne pests without methyl bromide, as well as other soil fumigant options.
The full journal can be accessed here.
Be sure to keep up to date with news on the strawberry innovation website.  Other recent international R&D developments of relevance include gene technology research to address angular leaf spot (ALS) and a new model to simulate leaf wetness in strawberry plants.
Rural Women's Award
The Rural Industries R&D Corporation’s (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award is Australia’s pre-eminent Award celebrating exceptional rural women. RIRDC is currently inviting nominations, either by yourself or someone you know. Applications close 31 October 2016. More details be found here.
Industry Biosecurity Plan
The recent discovery in Tasmania of the pest, green snails, in strawberry punnets from Western Australia, serves as a timely reminder of the importance of biosecurity.  The Industry Biosecurity Plan for the Strawberry Industry outlines key threats to the industry, risk mitigation plans, identification and categorization of exotic pests and contingency plans.  A copy of the current plan is available here.  
Strawberry Festival
When: 20th August, 2016
Where: Sandstone Point Hotel, 1800 Bribie Island Road, Sandstone Point, QLD
Berry Update Day - Tasmania
When: Thursday 1st September 2016 - 10am - 3pm
Where: TFGA meeting room, corner Cimitere and Charles St, Launceston TAS

Berry Update is a chance to catch up on the latest berry opportunities, talk about issues of common interest to berry growers in Tasmania and meet some new industry members.

RSVP Monday August 30th
Fruit Growers Tasmania
Phone:  (03) 6231 1944

Cost: Members $30 | Non-Members $40 includes lunch

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