The purpose of this project was to review viruses of national importance to the Australian vegetable industry with emphasis on providing recommendations for future investments.

The project was largely undertaken as a desktop study with a literature review of viruses of importance to the industry considered in terms of epidemiology, host range, transmission, economic impact and current and potential management methods.

The major outcome for the project is enhanced knowledge for future RD&E investment to manage virus diseases of vegetables. Specific outcomes include:

  • Confirmation that virus diseases continue to cause economic impact to vegetable producers and broader supply chaim.
  • Identification of potential RD&E aims to reduce the economic impact in the short, medium and long-term though improved diagnostic delivery, strategic disease management options and extension of new information to industry.