Entries by Alex Lucchetti

Using next generation genetic testing to give growers a competitive boost

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has partnered with Hort Innovation under the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI) to advance the use of next-generation genetic sequencing technologies, giving Australia’s horticulture sector a competitive boost through faster access to new plant stock. Current quarantine screening for pathogens in new plant genetic stocks can take up to 3 years Next […]

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 biosecurity and emergency response coordinator, Craig Elliott, has been appointed to work with a national steering committee and coordinate the program […]