Queensland Government DEEDI   (Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation)
Media Release 31 May 2011

Extended: free flood recovery pathology diagnostic service
A free plant disease diagnostic service for flood-impacted growers has been extended until 30 June 2011.
Agri-Science Queensland scientist Denis Persley said the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) established the service to help identify and target diseases in horticultural crops affected by the January floods and wet weather.
“This service is part of DEEDI’s flood recovery response to help growers make the best crop protection decisions after recent extended wet weather,” he said.
“We want to help growers avoid wasting their time and money spraying crops with fungicides that may not target the real problem.
“If there is any doubt over what disease crops may have, I encourage growers to send a plant sample to the department.
"Its best to make sure the disease is accurately identified before selecting a control measure.
“The free diagnostic service can identify the disease and allow the grower to make the right decision in protecting their crops.”
Growers can access the free diagnosis service submission form and instructions on how to prepare and send the sample by calling DEEDI’s Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23 or visiting the flood information section of DEEDI’s website at www.deedi.qld.gov.au
To help the DEEDI scientists provide the best possible service, growers are encouraged to include as much detail on the submission form as possible.

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