Weak biosecurity research system risks Australian agriculture independent review warns

Momentum continues to build for a permanent national body to coordinate biosecurity research and innovation, following the release of the Draft Report of the independent review of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity (IGAB).

The recommendations of the review panel are consistent with a Plant Biosecurity CRC proposal to establish such a body, concluding that “there is no lead agency, national prioritisation process or coordination for biosecurity research and innovation in Australia” and that “a new national entity for cross-sectoral biosecurity research and innovation would help provide leadership and coordination and better target investment.” Read more.

The Leaflet: a holiday reading newsletter for you!

Our last newsletter for the year makes for some great holiday reading: improving response to pest incursions, the end of year wrap up of the Australia-Africa Plant Biosecurity Partnership, the SmartBiosecurity proposal that needs action in 2017 for nationally coordinated research in Australia, plus lots of biosecurity built on science. Read it here.

SmartBiosecurity: Australasian Plant Biosecurity Collaborative Research Institute

We are delighted to present an investment proposal for SmartBiosecurityAustralasian Plant Biosecurity Collaborative Science Institute.
This proposal for Australasian biosecurity research, development and extension builds upon the existing momentum and structures of the Plant Biosecurity CRC (which ceases in 2018), utilising the strengths of shared resourcing and overcoming the weaknesses of a short-term CRC.

View the proposal and the media release.

Video: Tomato potato psyllid 

Jessica Dohmen-Vereijssen (Plant & Food Research) discusses a study into the role of non-crop host plants in the life cycle and ecology of tomato potato psyllid and Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (CLso). The psyllid is not yet present in Australia but would be a major threat to the potato industry if it arrived as it carries Zebra chip disease that affects potatoes. Watch on our video channel.

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.

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