Communique - Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus considered non eradicable

​25 March 2015

The National Management Group (NMG) for cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) met on 24 March 2015 and agreed that it was not technically feasible to eradicate the virus.

In making its decision, the NMG took into account advice from the Consultative Committee for Emergency Plant Pests (CCEPP)—a coordinating body which provides technical advice for national responses to emergency plant pests in Australia.  The CCEPP advised it was not technically feasible to eradicate the virus.

The CCEPP formed this view based on surveillance information provided by the Northern Territory Government that shows CGMMV has been detected on some further commercial cucurbit crops and also on some species of weeds at new locations in the Northern Territory.

The Northern Territory Government advised the NMG that it is developing a plan for the management of the virus and has established an assistance package to help growers affected by quarantine arrangements that have been implemented. Jurisdictions and affected industries will be asked to consider the management plan and associated domestic quarantine and market access arrangements.

The NMG acknowledged the commitment and effort by the Northern Territory Government to respond to the virus incursion.

CGMMV is a plant disease which until recently was exotic to Australia. The virus infects watermelon, cucumber, melons, zucchini, pumpkin, squash, bitter gourd, bottle gourd and some species of closely related weeds.

The detection of CGMMV was reported on the 5 September 2014. Other states are continuing with grower surveys, farm surveillance and checking fruit markets, to provide assurance that the virus is not present in growing areas outside of the Northern Territory. To date there are no positive detections in crops in any other state or territory.

The NMG for CGMMV is comprised of the Chief Executive Officers, or their delegates, of national and state/territory departments of agriculture/primary industries across Australia, along with AUSVEG and Nursery Garden Industry Australia as the affected industry parties. The melon industry is a non-signatory to the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed and as such is a non-participant. Representatives of Plant Health Australia also attend NMG meetings as the custodian to the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed. The group is chaired by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture.

The CCEPP is comprised of senior delegates of national and state/territory departments of agriculture/primary industries across Australia, industry and representatives of Plant Health Australia.

Further information on CGMMV is available on the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries website.​