Invasive

Invasive bird species spreading avian malaria throughout eastern Australia

The invasive Indian Myna threatens bird life in the South East Queensland region through the carrying and potential spreading of avian malaria throughout its range in eastern Australia, according to Griffith University PhD candidate Nicholas Clark. Clark found that up to 40% of Indian Mynas in the South East Queensland region can carry…

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Wheat pathogens causing rust epidemics in Europe have suspected origin in the Himalayan region.

Scientists have found that strains of the wheat pathogen causing severe yellow rust epidemics in Europe have their origin in the centre of diversity in the Himalayan region. It seems that the fungus has been spread by rust spores carried by the wind from Asia to Europe, possibly through the northern part of Central Asia. The yellow rust…

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Novel methods reveal Asian origins of invasive European species

Scientists from the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) have teamed up with colleagues from the Academy of Sciences in Beijing and the Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University to study the ability of Chinese insect and fungal pathogens to colonise European trees. Most recent invasive species found in European…

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Queensland agriculture continues biosecurity battle as Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus detected on north Queensland farm

A plant virus that wiped out the majority of the Northern Territory’s melon industry, has been found on a watermelon farm in north Queensland. It was initially thought the disease was contained to the Northern Territory however the recent detection of CGGMV on a north Queensland farm has important implications in regards to the spatial…

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