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The Plant Biosecurity CRC is undertaking collaborative research into plant pests and diseases for the benefit of industry and government to protect market access, trade, agriculture and the environment. Here are some examples of the impact of this plant biosecurity research.


Helping to safeguard our industries against cereal seed-borne viruses

This research project is developing generic molecular diagnostic tests for the three types of viruses transmitted by the soil-borne fungus Polymyxa graminis in winter cereals and for seed-borne viruses (bromoviruses).




Fast-tracking fruit trees

Plant biosecurity research is improving detection of viruses and viroids and reducing quarantine screening times.



The fight against fire blight

You may not realise it when you bite into a crunchy Aussie apple but there’s a lot going on to protect them from disease.



Blowing in the wind

New research on natural dispersal pathways of pests is helping preparedness and surveillance to increase early detection of pests that may have a major economic impact on Australian food industries.


Fumigating with nitrogen to control pests in grain storage

PBCRC researchers have been on a method that uses generation of nitrogen to create a low oxygen environment in grain storage to control pests. This is providing a much needed alternative to phosphine for an industry worth $9 billion annually to the economy.


Lesser grain borer

New 'break' fumigant for stored grain pests

A large-scale evaluation of sulfuryl fluoride to control phosphine-resistant stored-grain pests has found that it offers a viable alternative to phosphine, which could help break the resistance cycle.


Banana freckle impactBiosecurity is everyone's responsibility

To improve partnerships during an incursion, the research project Advancing Collaborative Knowledge Systems for Plant Biosecurity Surveillance aims to better understand how stakeholder groups source and evaluate information, how they manage and use different kinds of information and how the partnerships they use can be improved.

Understanding global networks helps control epidemics

Researchers have found that an understanding of the structure of global trade and transportation networks can be a major tool for effectively combatting the spread of pests and diseases.


Fruit fly lure researchThe lure of fruit fly control

PBCRC is undertaking research that will lead to the development of a cost competitive commercial female Queensland fruit fly lure that will potentially reduce production losses by an estimated $40 million per year for our horticultural industries.


Effective 'sexy' sterile male Qfly

This research aims to improve sterile male Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) performance which will then allow increases in the efficiency and effectiveness of SIT while minimising costs for sterile fly production.


AgriBio and PBCRC: a successful collaboration in plant biosecurity research

The partnership between AgriBio and PBCRC has played a critical role in the development and maintenance of enhanced bacteriological and virological diagnostic capability in Victoria, protecting agricultural industries from the consequences of damaging invasive plant pests and diseases.


All of these research projects, plus more, are detailed in the Plant Biosecurity CRC's Year in Review 2015.

View the current list of Plant Biosecurity CRC projects.