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Managing pests and diseases of plants

Pests and diseases that affect plants can have a major impact on your business's profitability, so it's important to understand the risks and take action to protect your property.

This guide provides an overview of plant and forestry pests and diseases. It outlines general pests and diseases, as well as those affecting specific fruit, nut and vegetable crops.

The guide also contains information on how to protect your farm by reducing biosecurity risks as well as information on reporting the presence of prohibited or restricted matter.

Under the Biosecurity Act 2014 (the Act) a person has an obligation to report the presence of a pest that is listed as prohibited or restricted matter to a biosecurity inspector.

The Act also establishes a general biosecurity obligation (GBO), which means that a person must take all reasonable and practical measures to prevent or minimise a biosecurity risk. The GBO extends to how you manage pests and diseases on your farm to minimise their impact on other growers.

To report any suspected exotic plant pests and diseases, contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or phone the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.