Science Exchange 2015
Pest discovery is a biosecurity head start
The discovery of sap-sucking insects previously not present on Norfolk Island has given scientists a head start on controlling a major biosecurity threat to Australia.
In 2014 the Australian and Norfolk Island governments coordinated a major quarantine survey. During the survey, insect traps were set by Dr Andrew Geering and Dr John Thomas, Plant Biosecurity CRC researchers from the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI). The tomato-potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli) was recognised in trap contents by Federal Government entomology colleagues.
Read more in a PBCRC media release.
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