Panama disease tropical race 4
A case of Panama disease tropical race 4 was detected on Cavendish banana plants in the Tully Valley, north Queensland on 3 March 2015. The property remains under quarantine, however, has recommenced harvesting under strict interim arrangements.
Biosecurity Queensland's overall program of surveillance and containment, in partnership with industry, will continue. Growers should continue to focus on strengthening their on-farm biosecurity practices to protect their businesses.
Further information regarding Panama disease tropical race 4 can be found at the Biosecurity Queensland website.
To strengthen biosecurity measures put in place on Lakeland banana farms since the Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 outbreak in Tully, Council has erected signage on each of the approaches to Lakeland advising the public to avoid banana farms and refrain from moving banana plants or associated soil. Works are continuing to ensure that the Lakeland wheel washdown bay is free of Fusarium oxysporum (the fungus responsible for causing Panama Disease TR4) spores prior to re-opening.
View the latest Biosecurity Queensland update on the Panama disease outbreak here, including links to the commercial banana production northern area map.
Townsville varroa mite outbreak
Varroa mites were recently detected in feral Asian honey bee nests in Townsville. The mites are a serious pest and a threat to the local honey bee industry. Certain species and straings can infest European honey bees, killing off hives and severely affecting honey production and pollination services. Restrictions have been imposed on the movement of bee hives, bees, bee products (excluding honey), and used bee keeping equipment from the Townsville area to prevent any possible spread of the mite. If you see Asian honey bees or suspected your bees have been affected, phone Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or use the online reporting tool.