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Australia and China partner on grains research

His Excellency Dr Ren Zhengxiao, Administrator of China’s State Administration of Grain, and the Hon Luke Hartsuyker, Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, will meet today to welcome an Australia-China grains biosecurity research centre partnership. The Australia-China Joint Centre for Postharvest Grain Biosecurity and Quality Research is a partnership between Australia’s Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), Murdoch University and China’s Academy of State Administration of Grain.

Read the full media announcement.


Event: Smart surveillance tools - LAMP Detection of plant pathogenic bacteria

LAMP technology (Loop-mediated isothermal amplification) is a robust and sensitive method to detect nucleic acid. Field-adapted and user-friendly genome-based protocols for the detection of a number of plant bacterial pathogens have been developed as part of the Plant Biosecurity CRC project Deployment of Validated Genome-Informed Bacterial Diagnostics. This workshop will include hands-on training in LAMP technology to detect a plant pathogenic bacterium (Pseudomonas syringae) on apples, as well as presentations on the science behind isothermal diagnostics. 24 October 2016, Agribio, Melbourne. Read more and register.


Newsletter: Fruit fly research

Our latest newsletter is a Fruit fly research special feature with articles focusing on research about fruit fly lures, diagnostics, disinfestation protocols, genetic controls, plus meet our fruit fly PhDs. There is also a blog about the importance of international collaborations from our CEO, Dr Michael Robinson. Read the full issue here.


International plant health conference confirmed for Australia: Science Protecting Plant Health 2017

Plant pathology and biosecurity researchers, students, educators and policy makers will discuss the latest developments in plant protection at Science Protecting Plant Health 2017, to be held at the Brisbane Convention Centre, Queensland Australia, from 26-28 September 2017.

“We are expecting 400-500 delegates to take part in an exciting and invigorating week of science, workshops and networking,” said conference co-convenor Jennifer Cobon.

“There has been considerable early interest in the scientific program and I expect a strong response when we call for abstracts from 1 October 2016.”

Read the full media release and visit the website to register your interest.


Smart biosecurity science is an opportunity to have your say in how future plant biosecurity research, development and extension (RD&E) can best grow markets together. If you have a role to play in the future of plant biosecurity RD&E, now is the time to get involved. Visit the website.

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