As a leading authority on mushroom pests and diseases, Dr Warwick Gill of the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) is undertaking research to help the Australian mushroom industry maintain its relative disease-free status.
This national research and extension project aims to provide farmers with the information and techniques they need to reduce the threat and costs of mushroom pests and diseases.
Dr Gill said because the Australian mushroom industry was relatively disease free, most of the information and first action responses come from the current knowledge of overseas experiences.
“The role of this project is to provide growers with that knowledge, so when they see something, they know what to do immediately,” he said.
The project is funded by Hort Innovation using the mushroom research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government.