Pest & Disease Management

Pest and Disease Management – Biosecurity For Pistachios

Biosecurity planning provides a mechanism for the nut industry, government and other relevant stakeholders to actively determine pests of highest priority, analyse the risks they pose, put in place procedures to reduce the chance of pests becoming established, rapidly detect any incursion and/or minimise the impact if a pest incursion occurs.

Pistachio Growers’ Association Inc is strongly committed to ensuring the Pistachio industry effectively reduces the potential for incursions of emergency plant pests and diseases that could adversely impact on domestic trade, international trade, market access, public health, food safety, regional and national economy and the environment. The Pistachio Industry is also strongly committed to ensuring responses to any pest incursions that may occur are undertaken as rapidly and effectively as possible to minimise costs to growers, the industry, other plant industries, government parties and the wider community.

Read more here:   Nut Industry Biosecurity Plan (Version 2-1)

The Australian Pistachio Industry Biosecurity Statement can be downloaded here:  PISTACHIO INDUSTRY BIOSECURITY STATEMENT June 2014

 Pest and Disease Management – Diseases

Pistachio crops in Australia are less troubled by pests than they are overseas crops.  Diseases however can cause major headaches if allowed to develop in the orchard.


Anthracnose-infected pistachio. (Themis Michailides)

Alternaria33TRAN pistachio altenaria TB

Anthracnose: 33TRAN pistachio anthracnose TB

Blossom and Shoot Blight:  33TRAN pistachio blossom & shoot blight TB

Panicle and Shoot Blight: 33TRAN pistachio panicle & shoot blight TB

Xanthomonas: 33TRAN pistachio xanthomonas TB