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Published: 12 Jul 2019


The first project to be funded from the Tasmanian State Government’s new $3 million Agricultural Innovation Fund will tackle new treatments for blueberry rust, conducted by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA).

The new project was announced today at TIA’s Forthside research facility, and will be funded by $300,000 from the Agricultural Innovation Fund.

Blueberry rust is a serious fungal disease of blueberries that can cause plant death. TIA intends to develop a new fungicide to combat the disease, as well as new or improved containment practices.

TIA will lead the project with collaboration and advice from private research organisation Peracto, the NSW Department of Primary Industries, and a blueberry rust RD&E advisory committee with representatives from industry bodies, Tasmanian growers, and Biosecurity Tasmania.