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