Citrus Canker

Written by on 18/01/2019

New citrus canker detection in Durack
18 January 2019

As a result of continued efforts to trace plants infected with the citrus canker disease as well as assistance from the community, the Citrus Canker Emergency Response Team has successfully identified another plant infected with citrus canker.

Located on a residential property in Durack, this is the 14th infected plant found in the Northern Territory since the first citrus canker detection in April 2018.

The new infected plant, which was traced back to the original source of the disease, was located on the outskirts of the existing Palmerston restricted area. As a result of this detection, the boundaries for this restricted area have been amended to include an additional 281 properties.

A map of the updated Palmerston restricted area can be viewed on the citrus canker website at www.nt.gov.au/citruscanker.

Northern Territory Chief Plant Health Officer Dr Anne Walters said she was proud of the work the field teams were doing in identifying plants infected with citrus canker.

“The symptoms on this infected plant were very small and hard to see so it is great that our plant health inspectors have the skills and tools necessary to identify those symptoms,” Dr Walters said.

“All confirmed infected plants can be directly traced back to the original source which is a good indicator that there has been no natural spread of the disease.”

Anyone who has purchased or received a citrus plant since January 2017 is asked to call the citrus canker hotline on 1800 931 722 or email citruscanker@nt.gov.au to arrange for a plant health inspector to examine the plant.


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