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West Australian Growers Guide

Written by : Posted on February 10, 2016 : Comments Off on West Australian Growers Guide

WAtruffleGuide_homepageThrough the careful work of  authors ATGA member Anne Mitchell and Alison Mathews we now have a great introduction to growing black truffles, not just in WA but with information applicable to the eastern States. I encourage you to visit the site.

Cultivation of black truffles in Western Australia.

Pests and diseases of truffles and their host trees,

Truffle orchard on farm hygiene. 

Australian Truffle Pest & Disease Newsletter & App

Written by : Posted on January 20, 2016 : Comments Off on Australian Truffle Pest & Disease Newsletter & App

WA_websiteThe first newsletter of the project Pests and diseases of truffles and their host trees in Australia, is online. The project is running from 29 May 2015 to 10 Jan 2019. Their Newsletter is a biannual update of project activities and will be produced in December and June each year of the project. Here’s a link to December 2015.

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia is the lead agency in conducting this project and involves a team based in WA and eastern Australia.

MyPestGuide-Reporter App

You are able to send pest and disease enquiries and observations to the project team via the MyPestGuide-Reporter app.  For more information on the app please refer to the article in the December 2015 newsletter, and the DAFWA website.  You can also create pest and disease reports online through the DAFWA website rather than download the app.  Please note that there are several MyPestGuide apps, for truffles you will need to download the Reporter app and once in the app select ‘truffle survey’ from the drop down menu each time you send a report.

Plant Health Australia – links, documents

Written by : Posted on January 20, 2016 : Comments Off on Plant Health Australia – links, documents

Dr. Victoria Ludowici sent us these weeks ago, sorry about the delay in posting here.

“I have attached the three factsheets, on the truffle industry’s high priority pests, that we brought along (which can be found at our website- www.planthealthaustralia.com.au).”

Hazelnut blight or Eastern filbert blight
Nun moth
Sudden oak death

There are also fact sheets available on the truffle industry’s other high priority pests and diseases  as listed below:

stinkbugBrown marmorated stink bug

Bacterial canker of hazelnut

Unfortunately there is no factsheet on hazelnut rust.

I would also suggest that your members visit the Farm Biosecurity website where you can find:

Videos for implementing biosecurity on your farm

Biosecurity signs for your gate

Farm biosecurity action planner 

Thank you Victoria.

A special request from the ATGA President

Written by : Posted on January 16, 2016 : Comments Off on A special request from the ATGA President

This email was sent from Dr Peter Stahle to all
past and current members of the Australian Truffle Growers Association
on Thursday January 14 2016.

Dear Truffle Growers

I am writing to you regarding two projects the ATGA is supporting, which are of substantial benefit to the entire industry, and requesting your involvement, either through active participation or simply by helping to identify truffières for a national database.  Thanks to all the truffle growers in Western Australia who have already helped with the Pests and Diseases Project.

1.  Pests and Diseases of Truffles Project
The ATGA is strongly supporting the “Pests and Diseases of Truffles” project, to identify existing threats within Australia.  The project needs to gather a comprehensive list of current pest and disease issues and potential management techniques from as many industry participants as possible.  This needs input from all truffières, particularly those in the Eastern states where the greatest number of growers exist.

How you can participate in the Pests and Diseases Project
Alan Davey, a Member of the ATGA, who has been working with and on behalf of the industry for several years, is coordinating communication between the Pests and Diseases project and truffière owners in the eastern states.  Unless you request otherwise, Alan or one of the project team will contact you by phone or email to collect information essential for this project and the Biosecurity Plan. If you do NOT wish to be contacted, you will need to email alan@trufflegrowers.com.au with the subject heading “NO PROJECT CONTACT PLEASE” by next Monday 18/1/16.

2. Truffle Biosecurity Plan
The ATGA has worked with Plant Health Australia (PHA) to develop a Truffle Biosecurity Plan to deal with any potential outbreaks that may affect truffières.  The focus of this is exotic pests and diseases, not currently in Australia, which are known to affect host trees or truffles directly.  For the plan to be successfully implemented, it will be imperative to know where truffières are located throughout Australia, so in the event of an outbreak the location of potentially affected sites can be readily identified for participation in a PHA and industry coordinated response.  Members of the ATGA will be eligible for Federal and State Government assistance dealing with the outbreak, and in the worst case scenarios qualify for compensation.
Eg. The chestnut industry was recently affected by an outbreak of chestnut blight which required the destruction of a number of trees and orchards to deal with the threat.  Fortunately the outbreak was contained, and due to there being a PHA and industry endorsed Biosecurity Plan, state government agencies were mobilized to help with the response and affected growers received compensation for their losses.

Truffières of non-Members
To ensure this industry information is as comprehensive as possible we need to know of the truffières of non-Members.  If you know of any truffière owners in your region who are not ATGA members, past or current, please inform them of these projects and this email.  Encourage them to participate.  If you are no longer involved in the truffière, please pass this to the current owners.

Please fill in the information below and send to the ATGA at alan@trufflegrowers.com.au.  As the project is operating on a deadline (government funding is contingent on meeting project milestones) we would encourage you to provide this information as soon as possible (ideally by 22 January, but if this isn’t achievable, as soon as you can).

Information required for truffières of non-Members:
•   Location and Farm Name if applicable
•   Nearest Town
•   Owner or Manager
•   Contact Phone (if available)
•   Contact email (if available)
•   Approximate size, or number of trees

Kind regards,

Peter
Dr Peter Stahle
President ATGA

Conference videos in Members Area

Written by : Posted on January 6, 2016 : Comments Off on Conference videos in Members Area

There are still a few videos to finish of the workshops and the field trip, but Members will find the Conference presentations, in PDF and on Video on the 2015 Conference Media page, on your Members area menu.

Group move on

One of Sunday’s Field Trip groups