Fungus-affected plants known to contain one of the world’s most devastating pests found in Sydney sorting office
- Biosafety officials in Sydney have intercepted plants harboring a plant pest
- Known as Xyella fastidiosa, it is one of the world’s most devastating plant pests
- Keeping Australia free of the devastating plant plague is a top priority
- ABARES said it could cost the wine industry up to $ 7.9 billion in 50 years
Biosafety officials and sniffer dogs put the two packages – one with live, bacteria-infested asparagus, heavy fungal shrub plants and the other fig cuttings – at the Sydney Mail Center.
Both species are known hosts of Xylella fastidiosa, which kills plants by damaging their water-conducting system, which appears as leaf burn.
It is one of the world’s most devastating plant pests and cannot be cured.
Priceless olive trees over 100 years old were infected by the virus and destroyed
The deadly plant pest kills plants through a process called leaf burning in a process called leaf burning
A raid could be disastrous for 10 Australian industries, including cherries, citrus, nuts, production farms, summer fruits and viticulture, Agriculture Secretary David Littleproud said.
It can also have a significant impact on a wide variety of native plants.
“According to ABARES (Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics), a Xylella fastidiosa raid could cost our wine grape and winemaking industries up to $ 7.9 billion in 50 years,” Littleproud said in a statement.
“It has destroyed priceless ancient olive groves in Italy and is known to infect more than 350 plant species in 89 plant families.”
Australia is xylella-free, and keeping it that way is the country’s top priority when it comes to plant pests.
The key to that is stopping the import of live plants to our shores, says Littleproud.
“If you are considering buying live plant material from abroad, think again.”
“Most live plants can only be imported into Australia if the importer has a valid import permit.”
Australian biosafety officials intercepted the plants harboring the deadly plant plague at the Sydney Mail Center
ABARES warned that if the plague were to cost the Australian wine industry more than $ 7.9 billion in 50 years