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.
To receive regular updates, subscribe to the Panama TR4 Situation Update, by selecting Biosecurity news within the eNewsletter section and Bananas under Biosecurity Queensland Alerts.
Panama disease tropical race 4, (Panama TR4) is a serious disease of banana plants that has been found on farms in Far North Queensland. It’s caused by a fungus that lives in the soil that enters the plant through the roots. The fungus blocks the plant’s vascular system causing it to wilt and die.
Panama TR4 can’t be eradicated and can survive dormant in the soil for decades without host plants. The disease is easily spread by movement of contaminated soil and water and infected planting material.
Information for banana growers on Panama TR4
Get your farm ready for Panama TR4 with the Panama TR4 Grower Kit and other resources.
Information for banana farm workers and contractors
Got a job to do on a banana farm? Download this guide to make sure you don’t spread Panama TR4.
Information for the community on Panama TR4
Find out how all Far North Queenslanders can help our growers by being Panama TR4 ready.
Research and development: Panama TR4
Information about research projects being conducted to support the Australian banana industry
Panama disease - details and description
Detailed information about Panama disease tropical race 4 including how to identify disease symptoms
Current PanamaTR4 situation
Information about infested properties and current government initiatives
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