Research initiative ramps up investments to secure plant biosecurity

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More than $27 million has been invested into research, development and extension projects through the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative and partners since its inception just 18 months ago. The initiative was developed to encourage collaboration…

Australia’s most threatening plant disease targeted

Australia will be better prepared for plant disease outbreaks with the appointment of a national coordinator to lead a three-year program to improve readiness for the potential incursion of the devastating Xylella fastidiosa. Experienced…

The big picture of how Australia is being protected from plant pests and diseases

The latest go-to guide to how Australia is being protected against plant pests and diseases reveals the tremendous effort being made across the country to sustain our plant industries, unique ecosystems and standards of living. The tenth…

Hort Innovation announces its new CEO

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The Hort Innovation Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Brand as the Rural Research and Development Corporation’s new Chief Executive Officer. Mr Brand will take office in early September 2018. Mr Brand brings a wealth…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…