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Officials discover second case of cucumber virus in Queensland

Staff Writer |
Biosecurity Queensland has confirmed another case of Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) on a commercial cucumber property in the Bundaberg region.

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The new detection follows the confirmation of CGMMV on four properties owned by one business in Bundaberg in February.

Queensland Chief Plant Health Manager Mike Ashton said Biosecurity Queensland had completed diagnostic testing to confirm the presence of CGMMV on the property.

“As part of our response to the Bundaberg detection, we have been conducting surveillance on cucurbit properties in the Bundaberg region and collecting samples for diagnostic testing. It was through this testing that the detection was made,” Mr Ashton said.

“None of the plants on the property were showing symptoms consistent with CGMMV, however representative samples were collected to confirm and maintain area freedom for other parts of Queensland.

“The infested cucumber crop had reached the end of its productive life when the samples were collected and has since been destroyed by the property owner.

“At this stage there are no known links between this property and the other business infected by CGMMV in Bundaberg, or the property in Charters Towers.

“We are conducting tracing investigations to try and identify the source of the infection on all the known infected properties,” he said.

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