Canker adds to worries

THE DEPARTMENT of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) surveillance team has detected an unconfirmed case of citrus canker in another area of trees on 2PH's Selma Road property.

2PH principal John Pressler said the detection occurred last week and while the definite results were not yet in he was certain it was citrus canker.

A DPI&F spokesperson could neither confirm nor deny the detection until final results were in.

"It's a very serious incursion that dates back to January/February 2004,'' Mr Pressler said.

Mr Pressler claimed it was the third incursion dated back to that time, which was a rain period.

This detection is the fifth on the Selma Road property, coming on the second last day of the most recent round of inspections.

"This surveillance started in October 2004 and has taken until the end of April, meaning all this time canker bacterium has been blowing in the wind and spreading to god knows where,'' Mr Pressler said.

Another round of surveillance is expected to begin next month.



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