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Consolidating the Asian vegetable industry, building on past achievements and action for the future


Hay, F and Mudford, R and Palmer, C, Consolidating the Asian vegetable industry, building on past achievements and action for the future, ARAC Research and Extension Day Handbook, Ulverston, Tasmania, pp. 29-29. (2000) [Conference Extract]

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Background: This is a national project run from Central Queensland University and involving researchers from several organisations including Queensland DPI, NTDPIF, NSW Ag, Ag Victoria, TIAR. Agriculture W A and several private companies.

Objectives: TThe objective of the project is to aid in the development of new or existing production of Asian vegetables in Australia. ln Tasmania, the project is concentrating on reducing the fungal storage rots of Japanese Squash (Kabocha). Approximately 1000 t ofKabocha is exported to Japan from Tasmania each year.

Work undertaken to date: Several treatments have been investigated over the last three seasons in an attempt to reduce fungal storage rots. Most work has concentrated on fumigation with acetic acid. In some experiments where fruit were artificially wounded, acetic acid fumigation was effective at reducing storage rots. However in subsequent experiments in unwounded fruit, fumigation was unable to reduce storage rots. One of the main causes of storage rots is the fungus Fusarium culmorum, which often occurs around the stalk or button end of the fruit. It is thought that this fungus may reside internally within the fruit tissue at these points, where it is unable to be killed by the fumigant.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant biology
Research Field:Plant pathology
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Horticultural crops
Objective Field:Horticultural crops not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hay, F (Dr Frank Hay)
UTAS Author:Mudford, R (Mr Robert Mudford)
UTAS Author:Palmer, C (Mr Craig Palmer)
ID Code:112056
Year Published:2000
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2016-10-25
Last Modified:2016-10-27

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