Project overview: Improving ginger, to future proof the industry against major pest and diseases

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  • Published: 1 Jul 2021

  • Author(s): David Lee

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This research addresses the critical need to better manage ginger for Australian pests and diseases (e.g., Fusarium yellows, Pythium soft rot, and Root-knot nematodes) and increase market opportunities identified in the Ginger Program RD&E Plan 2017-2022. This project aims to reduce risks to the industry, which is reliant on two varieties: ‘Queensland’ and ‘Canton’.

Proper screening of the edible ginger and related species, some of which are edible and potentially have pest and disease resistance, along with breeding will provide the industry with information to cope with these risks. The project also aims to provide knowledge on whether we can increase the narrow genetic base of ginger, so the industry can benefit from a wider pool of ginger accessions for commercialisation.