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Western Australia has many insect and mollusc pests (snails and slugs) that can affect the quality and yield of vegetable brassicas crops.
Turnip mosaic virus, cauliflower mosaic virus and beet western yellows virus occasionally cause significant economic loss in vegetable brassica crops such as cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, Chinese
Respiration and transpiration are the most important postharvest processes affecting storage life and quality of vegetables.
The beet cyst nematode is a pest that can cause significant yield loss to brassicas and some other vegetable crops.
Diamondback moth is a major pest of cabbage crops in both Indonesia and Western Australia.
Fertiliser is a major input cost for vegetable growers. Vegetable growers need to gain maximum yield for the fertiliser applied.
It is important to remain vigilant in the control of diamondback moth and prevent insecticide resistance.
White blister is a fungal disease caused by Albugo candida. It affects many brassica crops including broccoli and cauliflower and some brassica weeds.
Clubroot is caused by the pathogen Plasmodiophora brassicae.
Broccoli, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, cauliﬂower and Brussels sprouts are members of the brassica family.