Giving fruit a home

Auscitrus manager Tim Herrmann and Auscitrus chair Mike Arnold at the site where the new insect proof greenhouse is being constructed. Picture: Louise Barker

Auscitrus manager Tim Herrmann and Auscitrus chair Mike Arnold at the site where the new insect proof greenhouse is being constructed. Picture: Louise Barker

A LARGE $700,000 insect-proof greenhouse for citrus propagation will help protect the industry from a potential disease outbreak.

Auscitrus, an industry organisation supplying citrus budwood and seed in Australia, claims the upgrade of their propagation site at Dareton will be the first of its kind on Australian soil.

"If we were to get a serious diseases from overseas, one of the ways to control it will be to use clean budwood and seeds only," Auscitrus manager Tim Herrmann said.

"That is, with nurseries using tested budwood out of our scheme, then trees are clean, which means the orchard is clean.

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