Import Requirement 28 - (Blueberry Rust - Hosts and Vectors)


Prior to import, a ‘Notice of Intention to Import Plants or Plant Products into Tasmania’ must be submitted to the relevant Biosecurity Tasmania Operations Centre. Importation must occur in compliance with general Conditions and Restrictions for Prescribed Matter in Part 2 of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania

28     Blueberry Rust - Hosts and Vectors

A person must not import, or cause to be imported, any plant or plant product of hosts (as specified in Schedule 1), and vectors, of Blueberry Rust (Thekopsora minima (P. Syd & Syd)), except in accordance with the following:

Schedule 1:        Hosts of Blueberry Rust (BBR)

Host Botanical Name

Host Common Name

Gaylussacia spp.

Huckleberry

Hugeria spp.

 

Leucothoe spp.

Includes dog-laurel

Lyonia spp.

Includes male-blueberry, and fetterbush

Menziesia spp.

False azalea

Oxycoccus spp.

Small cranberry

Pernettya spp.

Mascala

Pieris spp.

Includes fetterbush or andromeda

Rhododendron spp.

Rhododendrons, including azalea

Tsuga spp.

Hemlock, hemlock spruce

Vaccinium spp.

Includes blueberry, cranberry and huckleberry

 

I.         Fruit of Vaccinium spp. must be accompanied by a certificate signed by an approved person of the State or Territory in which they were grown and packed stating that the crop:

(a)     has been inspected within 14 days of harvest and no blueberry rust detected; and

(b)     has been sprayed within 14 days of harvest with a pre-harvest application of a pesticide registered for the treatment of blueberry rust as per the label recommendations, and rotated from previous pesticides applied that season for blueberry rust.

I.         Plants of Vaccinium spp. must:

(a)     be approved for growing in pre- or post-entry quarantine under approved conditions; or

(b)     have been grown on a property in a State or Territory or in a part of a State or Territory for which there is a current area freedom certificate for Blueberry Rust.

II.       Host plants other than Vaccinium spp., must be accompanied by a certificate signed by an approved person of the State or Territory in which they were grown stating that those plants have been inspected within 14 days of dispatch and no blueberry rust detected.

IV.     Vectors, including agricultural equipment and used packages or containers, that have been in contact with or have been used in any process involving any host plant or plant product must be accompanied by a certificate signed by an approved person of the State or Territory in which they were last used stating that they have been cleaned free of soil and organic matter; and:

(a)     Steam cleaned; or

(b)     Treated with a solution containing not less than 100 ppm available Chlorine as a spray rinse or dump treatment; or

(c)     Treated in a manner approved by the Secretary.

V.       Conditions I, III and IV do not apply if:

(a)     there is an accompanying certificate signed by an approved person stating that the host plants or plant products were grown, or the agricultural equipment, used packages or containers were last used on a property that is located more than 200 kilometres from any detection of blueberry rust that occurred at any time; or

(b)     the host plants or plant products were grown, or the agricultural equipment, used packages or containers were last used on a property that is in a State or Territory for which there exists a current area freedom certificate issued by the Chief Plant Health Manager or equivalent person certifying that the whole of the State or Territory or that part of it is free of Blueberry Rust.

Consignments must be accompanied by a Plant Health Certificate or a Plant Health Assurance Certificate.

·          Consignments that meet Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) protocol ICA-31 (Pre-harvest Treatment and Inspection of Blueberries for Blueberry Rust) satisfy this Import Requirement.


For more information, please contact

Plant Biosecurity
Phone: 1300 368 550
Email: Biosecurity.planthealth@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

Blueberry Rust (BR) - Invasive Species

Import Requirement

ICA-31: Pre-harvest Treatment and Inspection of Blueberries for Blueberry Rust

None

None