Ongoing monitoring and sampling
Farm biosecurity measures should include ongoing monitoring of plants for CGMMV symptoms. DAFWA encourages all cucurbit growers, particularly in the south west of the state where there has been limited surveillance, to send in samples to determine presence or absence of CGMMV.
An information sheet on correct sampling procedures can be downloaded from this page.
Currently, CGMMV symptomatic leaf samples can be tested by DAFWA’s Diagnostic Laboratory Service (DDLS) free of charge.
Sampling kits can be obtained by sending a text message to DAFWA technical officer David Tooke on 0428 920 045.
CGMMV had been detected in Australia for the first time in the Northern Territory in 2014, and then in Queensland in 2015.
A national response to CGMMV was launched in late 2014 to manage the spread of CGMMV in Australia and mitigate economic impact. The National Management Group determined that it was not technically feasible to eradicate CGMMV.
The virus is now a pest of national significance and a National Management Plan has been endorsed by national industry groups with input from State and Commonwealth governments. The plan can be downloaded from the AUSVEG website.
WA is currently involved with two research projects to improve the understanding of CGMMV and develop management strategies for its control.