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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.

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.

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

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