To facilitate the accurate identification of pests and diseases affecting Queensland horticulture crops and allow appropriate management decisions to be made, a fee-for-service diagnostic service is provided.
The department provides expertise in the identification of insect pests and plant diseases, dependent upon submission of an appropriate sample. Areas of expertise include:
- tree fruit diseases
- vegetable diseases
- plant viruses
- nematology (worms in the soil)
- post-harvest pathology
- weevils in stored products
- fruit fly
- pests of nursery and ornamental crops.