Building a stronger African food security and trade network

35 African biosecurity champions from ten Central and East African countries will meet from 27 February to 3 March in Lusaka, Zambia for the fourth Africa Plant Biosecurity Network workshop. The network meetings are a key component of the Australia-Africa Plant Biosecurity Partnership (AAPBP) and will again bring together African biosecurity professional Fellows and industry members with Australian biosecurity colleagues to share information, provide ongoing mentoring, and boost training and outreach. The aim is to improve national and regional quarantine and plant protection capacity, thereby lifting crop yields, enabling safe regional trade, expanding international market access opportunities and securing greater food security for the region. Read the media release.

Video: Understanding the role of alternative host plants in tomato potato psyllid and Liberibacter life cycle and ecology 

Jessica Dohmen-Vereijssen from Plant & Food discusses a study into the role of non-crop host plants in the life cycle and ecology of tomato potato psyllid (TPP) and Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum (CLso). Watch the video 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.

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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