NY612 - Disinfestation Protocols for Equipment Used in the Nursery Industry

This 1996 literature review showed that there was not enough knowledge on the efficacy of disinfectants used in nurseries to provide reliable guidelines for controlling plant pathogens that contaminate propagating and cutting tools, nursery benches, paths and other surfaces. The control of algae, moss and lichen in nurseries was found to be based on copper compounds or herbicides which are now out of date. Many chemicals have been tested as algicides but their effectiveness and usefulness in the Australian nursery is unknown. Future research should identify the efficacy of control methods, identify appropriate chemicals and application rates for use in Australia. Information on the control of algae, mosses and liverworts will benefit the horticultural industry with increases in plant quality and production, a reduction in costs, and clean, hygienic nurseries.