Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Doorknock Will Help Nip Plant Pests in the Bud

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Doorknock Will Help Nip Plant Pests in the Bud

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Byline: Melissa Grant melissa.grant@dailymercury.com.au

BIOSECURITY Queensland officers have begun doorknocking homes in the Mackay region in a bid to track down exotic plant pests and diseases.

They are surveying the backyards of residents as part of an urban survey targeting the early detection of the pests that may pose a threat to horticultural industries.

Member for Mackay Tim Mulherin said it was important that householders co-operated so the officers could help prevent the spread of pests and diseases.

C[pounds sterling]People movement is our biggest cause of the spread of pests and diseases,C[yen] Mr Mulherin said.

C[pounds sterling]Continued surveillance is vital for the protection of the Mackay region's cropping industry production which is valued at some $540 million annually.

C[pounds sterling]The survey will focus on exotic pests and diseases such as the red-banded mango caterpillar, mango leaf hopper, citrus psyllid, melon thrips and citrus and banana diseases. …

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