Delivering research that has impact

Delivering research that has impact

The Plant Biosecurity CRC is making sure that our research and development delivers benefit to Australia and to end-users; that is to growers, government, and industry.

To ensure the knowledge, strategies or tools created from each research project are delivered to, and undertaken with, input from end-users, our Advisory Panels, project planning and assessment processes and end-user advocates appointed to each individual project, have been on board through the lifecycle of most projects.

All projects have produced outputs or recommendations, that have helped improve Australia's biosecurity system, through excellence in science.


Impact Themes

Each research project is categorised based on themes, so as to deliver each project to the organisations that will either use, or benefit, from the research. One project may fit across multiple themes and have multiple organisations or industry groups that will benefit. This is the CRC's legacy.


1. Border biosecurity

Research to protect Australia's borders from exotic plant pests and diseases, and to improve preparedness. View border biosecurity presentations from the PBCRC Science Exchange 2016. 


2. Surveillance

Improving the national biosecurity surveillance system, to enable early detection of new exotic plant pests, and to confirm area freedom from endemic pests. Read more.


3. Diagnostics

Research to detect pests more accurately, and quickly. View diagnostics presentations from the PBCRC Science Exchange 2016. 


4. Incursion response

Improving the cost-effectiveness and response to plant pest and disease incursions, while also minimising the impacts to industry, trade or the environment. Read more.


5. Market access

Improving control of pests that impact trade. View presentations about research for horticultural and grains market from the PBCRC Science Exchange 2016. 


6. Grains

Research to assist industry and producers that store grain, to meet the quarantine requirements needed for trade by better understanding insect resistance to the main fumigant phosphine, and to find alternative control solutions. Read more.

Read about the Grains research portfolio (PDF).


7. Horticulture

Horticultural industries maintaining freedom from harmful pests and diseases, and securing market access domestically and internationally. View the presentations from our Smart biosecurity science for horticulture symposium.


8. Fruit fly

Improving national fruit fly management, and addressing the objectives of Australia's National Fruit Fly Strategy. Read more.


9. Capacity building

Building our nation’s biosecurity capacity through education and training, support of scientists, and facilitating collaboration, and cross-disciplinary teams. Read more about our programs that are building capacity, plus our well-established partnership with Agribio in Victoria, that is further building capability in diagnostics.


10. Social biosecurity

Research that is improving engagement with stakeholders and the community, and building the plant biosecurity capacity of policy, research and community sectors. Read more.


11. Environmental biosecurity

Reducing impacts on native fauna, flora and the environment, and potentially on agriculture and horticulture. Read more about our research on myrtle rust, a devastating disease threatening Australian ecosystems, and industry.


12. International

Sharing our knowledge of biosecurity practices to assist in the protection of agriculture and food supply in other countries, and also provide benefit to Australian agriculture, helping with the early detection and identification of plant pests and diseases. Read about the success of the Australia-Africa Plant Biosecurity Partnership.

Read about the Australia-Africa Plant Biosecurity Partnership program (PDF).