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 In This Month's Issue...                          

ASF New Members Announcement

Australian Seeds Authority (ASA) Fees to operate from 1 October 2016

Latest News from ABCA

Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV) Update - 28 September 2016

GRDC continues strong offensive against Russian wheat aphid

2016 Plant Biosecurity Forum - Biosecurity Matters 12 October 2016

Biosecurity Matters - August 2016

NSW DPI: Biosecurity Act 2015 Newsletter - Issue 1, September 2016

Grant applications open for 2017 Science and Innovation Awards

2016 Fungicide Guides for Chickpea, Faba Bean and Lentil Crops

Project Harvest August 2016 Report now available

Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update

Diverse program for NZGSTA Annual Conference

Asian Seed Congress 2016 - Early-bird registration open

 ASF New Members Announcement                                                           

The ASF would like to announce the following new members to the membership for the 2016/17 period:  
  • AsureQuality Limited - Seed Certification Bureau & Seed Lab - The company is involved in Seed Testing and is a New Zealand Delegated Authority for Seed Certification – Service Provider.
A full list of members can be found on the ASF website - drop-down menu from the membership tab at

 Australian Seeds Authority (ASA) Fees to operate from 1 Oct 2016     

The Australian Seeds Authority (ASA) Board has established a new fee schedule which will take effect as of the 1st October 2016.

The new fees have been announced by the Chairman, Jim McDonald. Those fees which have been increased have been increased by only 2%.  A number of fees have not been increased or changed.

To view the fee schedule please click - 
ASA Fees 1 October 2016

 Latest News from ABCA                                                                          

The ASF is a member of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA).

For the latest news on Agricultural Biotechnology including the following new articles since the last E-News, please click on the website link below.
  • AUS - Lift GM crop bans says report
  • INDIA - GM mustard "Safe"
  • USA - GM Salmon is Safe
  • INT - Scientists fail to understand GM opposition
Source: Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA) - Latest News (2016).

 Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV) Update                        

Update 28 September 2016
Current situation

CGMMV has been detected on a commercial cucurbit property in Kununurra.

This adds to previous detections on seven commercial cucurbit properties in Geraldton, one in Carnarvon, one in Perth and in endemic weed species on vacant land in Carnarvon.

There is no clear indication of how the virus entered WA – possibly through a number of different pathways.

Farm biosecurity is critical, irrespective of whether CGMMV has been found in your area. It is the most effective strategy against further spread of the virus.

DAFWA is continuing to provide growers with biosecurity information and advice.

Growers can download a farm biosecurity plan template from DAFWA’s CGMMV web pages, and a number of workshops are being planned (see workshop schedule located in the Update link below). Workshops will include an information session and practical demonstration of on-farm biosecurity practices.

In the meantime growers are encouraged to send samples into DAFWA for testing. This will be done free of charge.

Click on the links below for the full media release update and sampling details including an information sheet

CGMMV Update 28 September 2016

CGMMV Farm Biosecurity Information Sheet

Source: Department of Agriculture and Food WA. 'Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus update' 28/09/2016.

 GRDC continues strong offensive against Russian wheat aphid          

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) continues to respond to the Russian wheat aphid, Diuraphis noxia, incursion by further investing in a broad range of research, development and extension activities that will help better inform future management of the pest.

First identified in Australia in May this year, Russian wheat aphid (RWA) is now relatively widespread across Victorian and South Australian cereal-growing areas and has recently been detected in southern New South Wales...Full Text - Click here

Source: Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC). 'Media Release' 06/09/2016.

 2016 Plant Biosecurity Forum - Biosecurity Matters 12 October 2016  

Biosecurity Advisory 22/2016

Please see below notice from the Biosecurity Tasmania Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment for your information and consideration:

Biosecurity Tasmania will be holding its 2nd Plant Biosecurity Forum – Biosecurity Matters, 12 October 2016 at The Country Club Villas, 10 Casino Rise, Prospect Vale, Launceston. 9:00am to 3:30pm.

This year we will be featuring speakers from Biosecurity Tasmania, NRM South, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Nursery and Garden Industry Australia and Dept. Agriculture and Water Resources (Commonwealth).

A facilitated open forum will be held in the afternoon which will provide an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on plant biosecurity in Tasmania.

Please RSVP attendance by 4 October 2016 to
Lynn Broos – 03 6421 7630
Or email

Source: Biosecurity Tasmania. Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. 'Biosecurity Advisory 22/2016'. 09/09/2016.

 Biosecurity Matters - August 2016                                                            

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has issued 'Biosecurity Matters - August 2016 issue' for your information and consideration.

Articles in this edition:
  • A new biosecurity era
  • Industry gives Maritime Arrivals Reporting System (MARS) the OK for lift-off
  • Spread your knowledge of invasive animals
  • Border Finds - Another succulent find for our biosecurity officers at the Melbourne Gateway Facility
To read this edition please click - Biosecurity Matters - August 2016

Source: Australian Government, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. 'Biosecurity Matters'. 23/08/2016

 NSW DPI: Biosecurity Act 2015 Newsletter - Issue 1, September 2016 

The NSW Department of Primary Industries has issued 'Biosecurity Act 2015 Newsletter - Issue 1, September 2016' for your information and consideration.

This newsletter will:

  • update you on the new Biosecurity Act 2015 and consultation on the Subordinate Legislation
  • explain terminology and new concepts
  • showcase innovative stories of biosecurity management by Department of Primary Industries and our partners across government, industry and the community.
Articles in this edition:
  • Biosecurity Act 2015 update
  • Consultation: Update on the subordinate legislation
  • Biosecurity Focus: Greater Sydney Pig Compliance
  • General Biosecurity Duty Explained
  • DPI Biosecurity Partners
  • What's next?
To read this edition please click - Biosecurity Act 2015 Newsletter - Issue 1, September 2016

Source: NSW Department of Primary Industries. 'Biosecurity Act 2015 Newsletter - Issue 1, September 2016'. 6/09/2016  

 Grant applications open for 2017 Science and Innovation Awards       

Source: Australian Government, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. '2017 Science Awards'. 25/08/2016.

 2016 Fungicide Guides for Chickpea, Faba Bean and Lentil Crops       

As a result of the extreme weather conditions experienced in much of the pulse growing areas this spring, in particular in NSW, Pulse Australia has issued revised fungicide guides for chickpea, faba bean and lentil crops.

With canopy closure occurring now in many areas, the importance of timely fungicide application is now more important than ever.

Growers are reminded that only fungicides registered for specific crops are permitted, (including those permitted under the listed Emergency Use Permits), and that in the lead up to harvest, withholding periods must be observed.

To access the specific crop fungicide guides visit

Source: Pulse Australia. 'Updated Pulse Fungicide Guides'. Email Alert. 27/09/2016

 Project Harvest August 2016 Report now available                                

There is an increasing need in Australia's horticulture industry to monitor and gauge consumer perception and behaviour in relation to fresh vegetables.

Colmar Brunton conducts monthly on-line tracking following specified vegetables, monthly trends analysis, and additional ad-hoc projects to assist in this understanding of consumers.

Project Harvest is funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited (HIA) using the National Vegetable Levy and funds from the Australian Government.

Contents in this report
- Cabbage
- Celery
- Cucumber
- Zucchini
- Eggplant
- Spring Onion
- Radish

To download the full report for August 2016 -
 Click here

Source: AUSVEG Limited. 'Project Harvest consumer research'. Email Alert. 27/09/2016

 Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update                   
The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has issued a 'Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update' for your information and consideration. 

This report contains information previously published in the Australian Climate and Agricultural Monthly Update. By combining the weekly and monthly updates it has allowed for improved access to up-to-date climate, water and commodity information in a single report. 

Report Information (22/09/16) - Click here

Source: Australian Government, Department of Agriculture. ''Weekly ABARES report'. 22/09/2016

 Diverse program for NZGSTA Annual Conference                                  
The New Zealand Grain and Seed Trade Association (NZGSTA) is encouraging all ASF members to attend its annual conference being held in Brisbane.

The theme for three day event on 19-21 October is ‘Seeding the ANZAC Spirit’ and for the first time both Australian and NZ seed companies are involved.

Keynote international speakers include Queensland Minister of Agriculture the Hon Leanne Donaldson; Robert Henry, Queensland University Professor of Innovation in Agriculture and Director of the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture, Food and Innovation; and Stephen Blair, Melbourne-based trade commissioner and consul general for NZ Trade and Enterprise.

NZGSTA president Barry McCarter says the line up also includes Professor Peter Langridge from Adelaide University’s Plants Genomics Unit; Michelle Broom, general manager of the Australian Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council and Greg Fraser, managing director and CEO Plant Health Australia.

With topics ranging from biosecurity and biotech to trade deals and diet fads, NZGSTA general manager Thomas Chin says the conference provides a unique forum for industry discussion and debate.

But with only a matter of weeks to go before it starts, those who haven’t already registered need to do so now. 

Chin says he can highly recommend the annual event as it provides a great opportunity to network with NZ seed industry members, pick up new information and have a bit of fun as well.

The conference will conclude with a finale dinner held on the evening of Thursday 20 October and as always the programme includes two optional field trips.

“The NZGSTA acknowledges the tremendous backing of all supporters including our premium sponsor BNZ.”

Registration forms and further information can be found online. Visit or email for more details.

 Asian Seed Congress 2016 - Early-bird registration open                      
Early-Bird Registrations are now open for the 2016 Asian Seed Congress

As there is a limited number of booths and trading tables it is encouraged for you to Register now!

Registrations can be made by visiting

Should you require any assistance with the registration, please contact the APSA Secretariat at

Source: The Asia & Pacific Seed Association (APSA). 01/06/2016

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