Panama disease

In March 2015, Biosecurity Queensland confirmed that Panama disease tropical race 4 (Panama TR4) was present in north Queensland.

If you believe you have plants infected with Panama TR4, call Biosecurity Queensland immediately on 13 25 23.

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Panama disease tropical race 4 (Panama TR4) is a serious disease of bananas that has been found on farms in Far North Queensland. It’s caused by a fungus that lives in the soil and is easily spread by movement of infected banana plants and planting material, and contaminated soil and water. The fungus travels up the stem, blocks the tissues that carry water and nutrients, and eventually kills the plant. People, machinery and animals can spread the disease.

Panama TR4 can’t be eradicated and can survive in the soil for decades without host plants. It is one of the greatest threats to worldwide banana production. In some countries, it’s had a devastating impact on industries and livelihoods. If not managed, it has the potential to do the same in Far North Queensland.

Watch this short video to find out more about Panama TR4 and what you can do to protect the banana industry from this serious disease

See how one grower is getting Panama TR4 ready by watching our television commercial. For more ways you can get ready visit PanamaTR4ready.