Nursery and Garden Industry Australia Limited (NGIA) President, Mike Mehigan, announced at the recent National Conference in Adelaide the formation of a special committee to conduct a broad ranging review of the current structure of the NGI’s and make recommendations for the future.
The hazelnut mite (Tetranycopsis horridus) has been recently detected in Victoria's north east and within the Dandenong Ranges. This is the first time the pest has been detected in Australia.
Overseas the species has a broad geographic distribution that includes Europe (from Spain to western Russia), China, and the United States of America. Hazelnut mites have been reported as destructive to some economic crops.
The mites feed on hazelnut leaves causing discoloration. The main host is hazelnut, but it has been reported on other species including walnut, spruce, pine, and yarrow.
El Nino is on the decline, and warm ocean temperatures in the Indian Ocean and off southern Australia are likely to increase moisture in weather systems across southern Australia. As a result the NSW three month outlook is for cooler and wetter weather than usual at this time of year.