Fusarium wilt of watermelon

Start date:
01 Jan 2012
End date:
31 Dec 2016
Researchers:
Victor Puno
Project sponsors:
The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust; The University of Sydney; The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries; The Northern Territory Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries; Horticulture Innovation Australia

Project aims

To characterize Fusarium wilt of watermelon in Australia, in particular the pathogen, to facilitate management of the disease.

Project Summary

The project comprises a survey of the major watermelon producing regions of Australia to establish the presence and cause of Fusarium wilt, the geographic distribution of the pathogen, its host range, and to identify the number and distribution of biological races present. The project will also complete a phylogenetic study which will explore the evolutionary processes of the pathogen in Australia. This study on pathogen dynamics will assist agronomic practices, resistant breeding strategies, and other control measures to ensure the growth of the Australian watermelon industry.