Entries by Jo Luck

Biosecurity innovators gather in Canberra

Biosecurity stakeholders from across Australia and New Zealand joined forces in Canberra to share ideas about innovative technologies and approaches to enhance each countries’ biosecurity system on 8 March 2018. Head of biosecurity at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Lyn O’Connell, said the inaugural Biosecurity Innovation Exchange was an opportunity for collaboration between […]

PBRI concept assessment

Since November 2017, a total of 23 concepts have been submitted to PBRI for consideration. Approximated one-third of these have moved to the next stage, where an RDC has taken the lead on the project development and co-investing RDCs have been identified. Most of the remaining concept leads have received advice to re-work or to […]

Xylella – Priority actions workshop

On February 15 a Xylella workshop was convened by DAWR to consider the priority actions identified at the International Symposium on Xylella fastidiosa held in Brisbane in May 2017. The workshop involved planning for the implementation of a national approach to further enhance Australia’s capacity to prevent Xylella entering the country and to prepare for a response. Interested Industry representatives […]

RD&E priority setting for PBRI

A workshop to assess gaps and cross-sectoral RD&E opportunities in the collective PBRI project inventory (264 projects) was held on 30 January in Canberra. Biosecurity R&D program managers or their equivalent from each RDC, DAWR and PHA were invited to participate in this exercise. Each PBRI member presented their organisation’s perspective on R&D gaps, identifying […]

Grapevine Pinot Gris Virus detection

Grapevine Pinot Gris Virus (GPGV) was recently detected in Australia and has been reported in many international wine regions in Europe, the US, Canada and China. As well as Pinot Gris, it can infect a number of other wine and table grape varieties, including Pinot Noir, Traminer, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. […]

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Response Sydney

The detection of the invasive insect, Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) at a warehouse in western Sydney has triggered a biosecurity response by NSW DPI in collaboration with Greater Sydney Local Land Services and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. The Director of Plant Biosecurity and Product Integrity at NSW Department of Primary Industries, Dr […]