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Funding for Halo Blight research

The Association has made a significant financial contribution of $30 thousand a year to a 4-year PhD scholarship to solve the halo blight disease issue. Pictured from left: President of the Australian Mungbean Association Mark Schmidt, Queensland University of Technology researchers Tom Noble (PhD scholarship recipient) and Dr Brett Williams and former AMA president Rob Anderson. Photo courtesy of the Dalby Herald.


19 September, 2016
by Cindy Benjamin

 

MUNGBEAN INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION PLANS FOR ANOTHER BUMPER CROP

There was a very positive buzz at the recent Australian Mungbean Association AGM in Dalby as members paid tribute to two long serving members, recognising their immense contribution to the industry. Incoming president Mark Schmidt thanked Rob Anderson and Todd Jorgensen for their leadership during a period of significant growth for the industry.

“The Australian Mungbean Association has promoted and supported the growth of the industry through strategic planning and encouraging research and development from the paddock to the plate,” said Mr Schmidt. “Production has exceeded all expectations with 100,000 tonnes harvested in the 2015 season and 150,000 tonnes in 2016 season.”

“This year looks set to exceed last year’s record crop with more growers looking to the small green bean to boost farm incomes in the face of low commodity prices for cereals.”

Mr Jorgensen has moved off the management committee after three years serving as immediate past president, three years as president and many years on management and sub committees. Mr Anderson becomes immediate past president after serving as president for the last three years and vice president and chairman of the seeds committee prior to that.

The Australian Mungbean Association welcomes an ongoing commitment from Pulse Australia to provide industry development support into the future growth of the industry.

“The Association has also made a significant financial contribution of $30 thousand a year to a 4-year PhD scholarship at the Queensland University of Technology to solve the halo blight disease issue,” he said. “The project is a partnership between the Australian Mungbean Association, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).”

QUT Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities director Professor Sagadevan Mundree said halo blight disease can cost the mungbean industry millions of dollars annually with effectively no in-crop control measures available to help growers.

“The mungbean industry, now worth $180 million last season, is one of the fastest growing agricultural industries in Australia with the majority of the crop grown in Queensland,” he said.

Halo blight disease is caused by the bacteria Pseudomonas savastanoi pv. phaseolicola, which causes brown water-soaked spots on leaves and pods. It can be particularly destructive in spring-sown crops and when it occurs before flowering or during pod development.

“What we aim to do through innovative research is to gain a deeper understanding of how halo blight infects mungbeans and help develop mungbean varieties that are more genetically resistant to this disease,” said Professor Mundree.

Mr Schmidt said the Association is also fully committed to supporting the National Mungbean Improvement Program, which has already produced exceptional mungbean varieties and there are some exciting prospects in the breeding pipeline currently under evaluation.”

The Australian Mungbean Association Pre-Season Roadshow events are planned for Dalby (27 September), Pittsworth (28 September), Goondiwindi (5 October), Moree (6 October), Narrabri (11 October) and concluding in Dubbo on 12 October to assist growers and agronomists to make the most of the 2016–17 season.

The AMA encourages new and existing growers to attend the Roadshow meetings and to seek out an AMA Accredited Agronomist servicing their local area.

More information:

Contact Paul McIntosh (0429 566 198) to register for the Roadshow or check

www.mungbean.org.au

Read more: QUT research into halo blight ; Dalby Herald article

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