Communique - Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus in the Northern Territory

23 December 2014

The National Management Group (NMG) met on 12 December 2014 to consider a proposed Response Plan for Emergency Containment of Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV) in the Northern Territory. The CGMMV has been confirmed on ten agricultural properties near Darwin and Katherine. To date the virus has only affected water melon and pumpkin crops.

The NMG agreed that the Consultative Committee on Emergency Plant Pests (CCEPP) will meet again early in the new year to consider additional evidence and determine technical feasibility of eradication. The NMG will then reconvene to consider the CCEPP advice, and options for the way forward including eradication and management, and an approach to National Seed Testing.

The Northern Territory Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries has declared quarantine zones in some localised areas near Katherine and Darwin. Potential host plants (in the cucurbit family), seeds, seedlings and fruit cannot be moved within or out of these quarantine zones.

The other states are continuing to do grower surveys, farm surveillance and are checking fruit markets, to provide assurance that the virus has not established in growing areas outside of the Northern Territory. To date there are no positive detections in crops in any other state or territory.

Further information on the response to the CGMMV outbreak and contact numbers for reporting any suspected presence of the virus are available on the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries website.