Australian Mungbean Association
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Halo blight research project
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 constraint in mungbean.
19 September, 2016
“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.
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.