In brief: 2018 Melon Conference

The 2018 Australian Melon Industry Conference and Field Day was held on 17-20 September. Department of Primary Industry and Resources staff Dr Lucy Tran-Nguyen and Dr Mary Finlay attended the conference and presented some of their work on Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV).

A highlight of the conference for Mary was the panel discussion by Jon Caleo, Paul McLaughlin, Brad Mills, Anthony Joseph and Dianne Fullelove. It gave an insight into what growers were worried about and what they were thinking. A strong theme was disappointment with the regulations about how their levy money was spent, and not being able to spend funds on protecting the industry during biosecurity issues and food safety scares.

There was significant grower interest in Anthony Joseph’s talk on the second day where he introduced a supply chain app called Phoenicia. Further information on the presentations from the field day can be found on the Melons Australia webpage. A summary of the CGMMV work can be found in the newsletter or on our melons and /or vegetables webpage.

Last updated: 21 December 2018