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Regional communication & extension to understand the status, risks & management of fungicide resistance in the South
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The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is a statutory corporation established under the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989. It is subject to accountability and reporting obligations set out in the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. It is responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing research and development, and delivering improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry.
Crop diseases are major constraint to the productivity and profitability of farming systems in the Southern Region. Fungicides are a cost-effective chemical tool for managing crop diseases and as a result the use of fungicides has increased dramatically, especially in the high rainfall zone. However, the incidence and risk of fungicide resistance is a major issue for the grains industry which threatens to constrain the long term profitability of grain growers. The production of susceptible varieties and reliance, repeated and prophylactic use of a limited number of fungicide groups has caused a number of pathogens to develop resistance or tolerance to these fungicides. Continuation of these practices will increase the risk and rate of further resistance. The risk of fungicide resistance depends on a range of specific factors and interactions, and will vary for different modes of action of fungicides, specific pathogens or pathotypes, specific host crop type and environmental conditions. Currently, there are ten detected cases of fungicide resistance in the Southern Region including: Demethylation Inhibitors (DMI) resistance in Barley Powdery Mildew, Wheat Powdery Mildew, Barley Net Form Net Blotch and Wheat Septoria Tritici Blotch; Quinone Outside Inhibitors resistance also in Wheat Powdery Mildew; DMI/Mitogen Activated Protein (MAP)/Kinase resistance in Canola Blackleg; and resistance of Legume Botrytis to Methyl Benzimidazole Carbamates (MBC) fungicides. It is critical that the grains industry promotes stewardship to ensure a proactive, consistent and co-ordinated approach to abate and manage fungicide resistance to prolong the efficacy of new and existing chemical compounds.
Growers and advisors are generally not aware of the current status, identified future risks and impact of fungicide resistance in the Southern Region and a lack of awareness, knowledge and tools are contributing to the cause and rate at which fungicide resistance is developing. The mechanism and development of fungicide resistance is predictable and it is expected that fungicide resistance in the Southern Region will continue to replicate the experiences from the United States and Europe. Fungal pathogens and mutations have the propensity to rapidly disperse across large geographical areas. Hence, the principles and key messages for communication will be generally applicable across the region, even though resistance may initially develop in the high rainfall zone. However, the recommended strategies and extension messages will need to be customised for local environments and farming systems. It is essential that the delivery of investment complements and value-adds to a range of GRDC R&D investments including the Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) and various surveillance, management, epidemiology knowledge and tools to manage crop disease programs, benchmarking resistance and managing Septoria tritici Blotch and Leaf Rust and others.
The GRDC seeks to conduct extension and communication activities to enhance the understanding of growers and advisors across the Southern region of the risks and impacts of fungicide resistance and to promote reduced reliance on fungicides by adopting integrated disease management strategies. The program will deliver increased knowledge of the principles of fungicide resistance management and how to apply these principles on-farm.
By 30 April 2020, a minimum of 300 growers and advisors from across the Southern Region understand the relative risk for the development of fungicide resistance to particular modes of action for specific combinations of crop type, pathogen and environment, and will implement strategies to abate and manage fungicide resistance
An indicative budget is up to $430,000 per annum. Leverage of GRDC funds through in-kind and cash co-contributions is viewed favourably. The GRDC is focused on delivering value to Australian grain growers; therefore, applications must demonstrate fair market value.
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a. a meeting of creditors being called or held within the past five years;
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