The core objectives of the project were to determine:
The manual, Management of pulse diseases in southern Australia, contains six modules, incorporating major diseases and disease management strategies for field peas, lentils, faba beans, chickpeas and lupins. An introduction to diseases and disease management and a description of disease management options before and after sowing was included as the first module. Within each module information is presented for the major diseases in each crop including symptoms, impact of the disease, disease cycle and disease management.
The manuals are available through Pulse Australia lentil, chickpea and faba bean workshops. For more information on workshop dates, contact Mary Raynes, Pulse Australia, 0408 591 193 or [email protected]
Half-day disease management workshops were held in the main pulse growing regions at Riverton, Bordertown, Kadina and Cummins. In total, 63 agronomists, researchers and growers attended.
Workshop participants were surveyed before and after the workshops to determine their confidence in identifying diseases. All participants agreed that their confidence levels had increased in disease identification as a result of attending the workshop.
The disease management manual was presented at other Grains Research and Development-funded workshops in 2012 and 2013 on chickpea, faba and broad bean crop management.
Related SAGIT-funded project: S0710R