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Technical bulletin (Northern Territory. Dept. of Primary Industry and Fisheries) ; no. 295
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Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries 196 Method and Result: New disease records on commercial crop-plant-hosts include: Sesamum indicum - Phytophthora nicotianae leaf blight and Alternaria sesami (tentatively identified) leaf spot Arachis hypogea - Diplodia gossypina leaf spot. PROJECT: Plant Disease Reference Collection and Database Project Officers: R. Pitkethley and L. Ulyatt Location: Darwin Objective: To add to and maintain the plant disease reference collection and associated database as a diagnostic tool and as a reference source. Background: The NT Plant Disease Collection was initiated in the mid 1960s and has been maintained and developed further since then. The plant disease herbarium at Berrimah has been unofficially designated Darwin Northern Australia Phytopraphology (DNAP). A functional database (Microsoft Access) was set up in 1999-2000 allowing entry of plant disease accession records to be resumed after a pause of several years. A consultant had been engaged to refine the database, which had only limited functionality since data was transferred over from the old Q&A database. Entry of plant disease accession records could be resumed after a pause of several years. With a Plant Pathology presence in Katherine, records from that region will be added to the database and to the Draft Host Index of the NT. Results: As the database was being used, staff identified the need for corrections of minor bugs and for further refinements. The programming consultant addressed these issues. A useful function of the new database is its ability to generate labels for the herbarium specimens, directly from the specimen records. The Plant Pathology branch together with a national group developed and submitted a proposal for an initiative designated National Network of Biological Collections for Plant Protection and Quarantine. The initiative would protect national pathogen and insect collections and link their databases into a national network. The proposal sought funds from the Commonwealth Major National Research Facilities (MNRF) program. Irrespective of the outcome of the above submission, there are plans to link the pathogen collection databases. In addition, DPIF is involved in a joint project with QDPI under the auspices of the CRC for Tropical Plant Protection, to develop and catalogue a database of plant pathogens in northern Australia. This project has commenced and will involve the linking of the NT and Queensland (Indooroopilly) databases.