A new study into blueberry rust will be one of many topics discussed at the Fruit Growers Tasmania's berry mini conference.
The event will bring together berry growers, researchers and industry consultants to share the latest industry information.
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture's Dr Karen Barry said preventing blueberry rust infection is key to limiting the spread of this disease.
"One of the major concerns is options for organic farmers, who now have just the option of cobber as a chemical control option, but they don't have any other options," she said.
"The first project that we are hoping to have started quite soon will be on trailing a range of chemical control options for blueberry rust and trialling their efficacy. The intention is to do that with controlled inoculation trails."
Blueberry rust is spread by wind, carried on people, plants and equipment, which makes farm biosecurity and applying crop management practices that reduce the risk of infection key to prevention.
"There are seven infected premises in Tasmania at the moment, and they are all in containment, and certainly the intention is to try and contain the spread," Dr Barry said.
"There has been quite a lot of focus on blueberry rust since the second incursion in 2016. The state government has been prioritising investment in some improved management options for blueberry rust."
The conference is being held at the Tailrace Centre in Launceston from 11.30am on September 5. This is a free event.
Other presentations include;
Growers interested in IPDM practices will also have the opportunity to organise personalised consultancy sessions with Dr Horne.