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Great Southern Truffles Services for 2017

Written by : Posted on April 27, 2017 : Comments Off on Great Southern Truffles Services for 2017

Member advertisment

Great Southern Truffles is excited to offer a complete
and Handling service
to ensure your 2017 harvest reaches is full potential.

Searching: Hunting, led by Damon Boorman, one of Australia’s most experienced Truffle Hunters, will provide you with the knowledge to guide you into selecting the ripest of truffles, optimising your truffle harvest.

Grading: Our internationally trained Mycologist, Federico Paci, will work closely with our sales team to grade and present your truffles.

Handling: As one of Australia’s leading distributors worldwide we offer to purchase all grades of truffles, which will guarantee that your truffles can be sold direct to market, for chef’s around the world to enjoy. Our aim is to Minimise your workload, and Maximise your yields which means the world can enjoy more Australian Black Winter Truffles.

To discuss how we can maximise your investment call: Adam Wilson on 0413 626 244 or email

Our website:


Plant Health Australia Photo Competition

Attention Members! In an effort to promote the benefits of a strong plant biosecurity system, Plant Health Australia is running the Bountiful Harvest photo competition, with two vouchers for the RM Williams store as prizes:  $300 to the winner and $150 to the runner up. It’s open to all Australian residents aged 18 or over, and we’re seeking digital images of some aspect of plant production – the crops that produce food and fibre – anywhere in Australia.  Entries close 10 March 2017. 

You can submit a photo (see terms and conditions here) to be in the running to win.

More information at

Good Luck!

RIRDC Truffle Pest & Disease Newsletter #2

Written by : Posted on September 7, 2016 : 1 Comment
The latest of Truffle Pest and Disease from RIRDC which may be a good read before the conference. It is their second e-Newsletter on the truffle pest & disease project.
Please follow link here for a complete read:



Farm Biosecurity Newsletter July 2016

Written by : Posted on July 13, 2016 : Comments Off on Farm Biosecurity Newsletter July 2016


Farm Biosecurity 
Newsletter   Friday 8 July
Which plant pest is the greatest risk to producers?
In a recent audit of around 300 exotic plant pests affecting growers overseas, the pest that came out on top with the greatest potential impact if it made it to Australia was Xylella fastidiosa (pronounced Zylella).
That’s partly because over 200 types of plants are known to be susceptible to infection by Xylella, and every year tests show it is capable of infecting more plant species. It’s also because a variety of insects that feed on plants are all thought to be able to spread the pathogen. More

Biosecurity – it’s time for everyone to act!
A new approach to managing biosecurity is underway with new biosecurity acts for NSW and Queensland, placing greater responsibility on producers and reducing government regulation.

Queensland implemented its Biosecurity Act 2014 on 1 July, and NSW is expected to officially implement its new legislation next year.
Queensland’s Chief Veterinary Officer Alison Crook explained what the changes mean to producers. More

Pest identification in Grassroots Agronomy classes

Women with little or no agricultural background who move into farm businesses often bring welcome new skills, but consultant Louise Flohr says many are keen to be more involved with their farming systems.
For the past three years, Ms Flohr, from Agrilink Agricultural Consultants, has been running workshops in South Australia to develop newcomers’ knowledge and practical skills. More

New approach to Johne’s disease in cattle has begun

The new, national approach to Johne’s disease (JD) officially commenced on 1 July and all Australian cattle producers are encouraged to become familiar with the changes.
The new approach, endorsed by the cattle industry and Australian governments, is guided by the BJD Framework and focuses on managing on-farm biosecurity risks rather than controlling disease through regulation, said Animal Health Australia’s (AHA) Executive Manager of Biosecurity Services, Duncan Rowland. More

Congratulations to our winners

Congratulations to the winners of our recent ‘Subscribe and Win’ competition:
Tony from South Australia
Helen from Western Australia
Kathy from Queensland
Melissa from Victoria
Their $100 RM Williams gift vouchers are on the way.
Hope you continue to enjoy reading our newsletter.
In other news
Detection of Asian honey bees in Townsville
Asian honey bees with varroa mites were found in a container stand in a storage yard at the Port of Townsville in Queensland on 27 June. More
Which disinfectants work against Fusarium fungus?
A comparison of disinfectants is shedding light on their effectiveness in killing the fungal spores that cause Panama disease, when used in wash-down facilities, footbaths and dips. More
Please keep reporting unusual ahpids
Please keep reporting any unusual aphids on growing grain crops to 1800 084 881. We need the data for AusPestCheck to map how the pest is spreading. See map
Join AHA on social media
AHA now has a social media presence! We’re now active across FacebookTwitter andLinkedIn.
Media snapshot
Spice wars: winning the battle against ginger disease
In a victory for on farm biosecurity, Australia’s biggest ginger growing family, has returned to fertile fields that disease forced it to abandon five years ago. More
Successful breeding program the first step to Russian wheat aphid-resistant wheat
Murdoch University researchers have bred plant resistance to five of the eight known biotypes of Russian wheat aphid. More
Biosecurity – where do you fit in?
The term biosecurity is becoming more familiar to many people. The practice of biosecurity includes the steps we should all take to manage the negative impact of pests, diseases, weeds, and contaminants entering, establishing, or spreading.More
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