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Why Australia imports so many veggie seeds (and do we really need to treat them with fungicides?)


Barry, K and Gracie, A and Scott, J, Why Australia imports so many veggie seeds (and do we really need to treat them with fungicides?), The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 9 April 2018 (2018) [Magazine Article]

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Organic farmers have reacted with alarm to a draft review released last week that recommends mandatory fungicide treatment for certain plant seeds imported into Australia, including broccoli, cauliflower, radish and spinach.

Over 19,000 people have signed a petition objecting to the proposal, which is designed to strengthen biosecurity for plants of the brassicaceae family. Opponents say mandatory fungicide treatment could spell the loss of organic accreditation for organic vegetable growers who rely on imported seed.

Item Details

Item Type:Magazine Article
Keywords:seed, fungicide, organic
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Horticultural production
Research Field:Horticultural crop protection (incl. pests, diseases and weeds)
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Horticultural crops
Objective Field:Field grown vegetable crops
UTAS Author:Barry, K (Associate Professor Kara Barry)
UTAS Author:Gracie, A (Associate Professor Alistair Gracie)
UTAS Author:Scott, J (Dr Jason Scott)
ID Code:125243
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Agriculture and Food Systems
Deposited On:2018-04-10
Last Modified:2018-04-10

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