This project was designed to deliver information and stimulate adoption of disease management practices resulting from brassica research.
Brassicas are one of the most widely researched vegetable commodities in Australia. Clubroot has been researched for over 5 years and effective management recommendations exist.
Whilst the project has been completed for several years the information is still relevant and current. The demand for information is high and ongoing however there was no mechanism to deliver project information once the research project was completed.
White blister (Albugo Candida) research is relatively new and there is a keen interest in learning about the disease as it spreads throughout Australia's growing regions and obtaining up to date information on forecasting and control.
The need for this information to be captured so that it could be made available to all growers on an ongoing basis after the completion of the research was identified as a high priority by industry and researchers.
It was critical that this information be delivered in a way that was practical and user friendly. The HAL brassica commodity group requested an ongoing means of information delivery to industry and listed this in its industry R&D priorities.
This could be achieved through the publication of a series of disease management fact sheets that could be referred back to as the need arose.
However, due to the large amount of information that had been generated from the research projects and the complexity of some of this information there needed to be personal contact with the researchers and opportunity for discussion and sharing of grower experiences. Workshops as part of a travelling roadshow were thought to be a good method of achieving this interaction.
This series of workshops and supporting materials (fact sheets, disease notes, posters and newsletters) would also provide the first opportunity for the research findings to be presented as a complete management package.
This could potentially have a great impact on the industry as growers become better equipped to implement on-farm practice change that could reduce the spread and severity of the diseases, reduce costs and environmental impacts and give them a sense of control over the disease and their futures.
This report is pubfished by Horticulture Australia Ltd to pass on information concerning horticultural research and development undertaken for the vegetable industry.
The research contained in this report was funded by Horticulture Australia Ltd with the financial support of the vegetable industry.