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Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV) in the Northern Territory

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Territory awarded $1.2 million for biosecurity research

The Northern Territory Government has been recognised for its ground-breaking research into Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV), winning a $1.2 million research contract with Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation).

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CGMMV detected at Berrimah Research Farm

The confirmed detection of Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus in a watermelon crop at Berrimah Research has seen two separate areas of the research facility placed under quarantine.

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New agreement provides certainty for growers

A new national agreement on Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV) management provides certainty for Northern Territory melon and Asian vegetable growers and will a return to the Australian market unrestricted in 2016.

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CGMMV no longer eradicable

The Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV) is a plant disease which until recently was exotic to Australia. The virus infects watermelon, cucumber, melons, zucchini, pumpkin, squash, bitter gourd, bottle gourd and some species of closely related weeds.

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The NT Government is working with industry to manage CGMMV

The NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries is now working with local industry, peak bodies, the Australian Government and biosecurity agencies to prepare and implement a national management plan for CGMMV. This will include education and biosecurity measures to slow the spread of CGMMV and to prepare industry for living with it.

This also includes the establishment of an assistance package to help growers affected by the quarantine arrangements implemented. The $1.2 million interest subsidy scheme for CGMMV affected growers allocated $600,000 per year for the next two years to assist growers in paying down interest.

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Detection of CGMMV in the Northern Territory. 

This is the first time CGMMV has been detected in Australia.  The virus is known to infect most cucurbit species including; watermelon, cucumber, melons, zucchini, pumpkin, squash, bitter gourd and bottle gourd. 

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Growers planning to trade interstate must obtain a Plant Health Certificate

A number of jurisdictions have imposed entry requirements on cucurbits from the NT in an attempt to stop the potential spread of CGMMV.