New tools to beat horticultural pests
Horticulture industry leaders discussed the latest research to protect Australia’s $9 billion horticulture industry as part of a PBCRC symposium in Melbourne on 30 May 2016. Opened by Senator the Honourable Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the symposium gave horticulture growers, industry representatives and policymakers an overview of twenty PBCRC research projects, tackling Australia’s worst horticultural plant threats including fruit fly, phylloxera, Zebra chip and fire blight. Read the media release.
Newsletter special feature: Surveillance
The latest issue of The Leaflet is a special surveillance feature. Read about new technologies, community engagement, unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) and other PBCRC research that is innovating in plant biosecurity surveillance. Also, in our CEO's blog this month get an update about Smart biosecurity science. Check out the full issue here.
New network to boost agricultural trade in Africa
45 African biosecurity champions from ten Central and East African countries will meet in Arusha, Tanzania for two weeks from today for the second Africa Plant Biosecurity Network meeting, targeting plant protection from pests and disease. The Network brings African biosecurity professionals together to share information, provide ongoing mentoring, and boost training and outreach, with the aim of improving national and regional plant biosecurity, lifting crop yields and enabling safe trade. Read more.
You can also watch the video below, which is all about the Australia-Africa Plant Biosecurity Partnership.
Discussion paper on future of plant biosecurity R&D: submissions are now closed
Submissions on the Australian Farm Institute discussion paper closed 9 May. Once collated the submissions and the final paper will be available at Smart biosecurity science.
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