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Smart biosecurity science
Science Protecting Plant Health 2017
Science Exchange 2016

Global collaboration leads to innovative fruit fly research

The Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre will be a major contributor to the First Symposium of the Tephritid Workers of Asia, Australia and Oceania (TAAO), running from August 15-18 in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The Symposium is the first-ever gathering of TAAO fruit fly workers and students devoted to research and management of this agriculturally and environmentally important group of flies. Read more.

Leadership and coordination to avoid gaping hole in Australia's biosecurity

Australia needs to take a fresh approach to its plant biosecurity science system according to the Australian Farm Institute’s Mick Keogh. In a report released today – A sustainable and nationally coordinated plant biosecurity RD&E system for Australia – Mr Keogh states that the establishment of a stand-alone plant biosecurity corporation, as a joint venture between the Australian Government, state governments and plant industries, should be a priority. Read more.

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.

Newsletter feature: Protecting grain - alternatives to phosphine

Our latest newsletter is an Alternatives to phosphine special feature. Plus there is a new video about our collaboration with grain growers and details of a new Aboriginal and Maori indigenous engagement models. There is also a blog about Leadership from our CEO, Dr Michael Robinson. Read the full issue here.


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.

Early Warning
Early Warning

Program 01

Tools and techniques for the identification of new and emerging plant pest threats as well as decision-making tools to improve planning for pest threats.
Effective Detection and Response
Effective Detection and Response

Program 02

New technologies for surveillance and monitoring of plant pests, including faster, cheaper, more accurate identification and sharper responses to incursions.
Safeguarding Trade
Safeguarding Trade

Program 03

Tools, technologies and strategies to safeguard international markets for grain and horticultural exports and better management of established pests.
Secure Future
Secure Future

Program 04

Working with community, governments and industry to build engagement and developing a new national plant biosecurity structure to safeguard Australia well into the future.

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