Entries by Amanda Yong

The Ritman Scholarship winners

The second day of the Symposium coincided with the International Day of Plant Health – a resolution at the recent UN (United Nations) general assembly. On this day, the inaugural PBBRI  Ritman scholarship was awarded to four talented Australian Postgraduate students working in the field of plant biosecurity, one on phytoplasma diagnostics for the vegetable […]


The plant biosecurity research community meets again

The second Plant Biosecurity Research Symposium was held on the 11 & 12 May  at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide on Kaurna country. The two-day Symposium, sponsored by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, included a program of plant biosecurity research, supported by the PBRI member organisations and partners. This event attracted […]


PBRI Committee Meeting #18, 10 March 2022

Meeting 18 was attended by representatives from six plant RDCs, Plant Health Australia (PHA) and the Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment (DAWE).  Susan Maas, CRDC, chaired the meeting which included a member update on biosecurity activities and investments, relevant to the PBRI. Meeting 18 focused on the program and planning for the DAWE […]


Biosecurity Extension Practitioner Community

On 2 March, 50 members of the Biosecurity Extension Community joined an online meeting to share their experiences relating to plant biosecurity extension. At each of the meetings relevant speakers are invited based on suggestions from the Community. At this meeting Dr John James, Enablers of Change joined us to shares his tips and tricks […]


Ritman Scholarship for the PBRI Symposium 2022

Dr Kim Ritman was a foundation member of PBRI and Australia’s Chief Plant Protection Officer. He had a distinguished career in Plant Health, championing early career researchers to build scientific capability in plant biosecurity. Kim was also instrumental in efforts to celebrate and promote the International Year of Plant Health in Australia in 2020. In […]


Biosecurity Surveillance RD&E Forum

The PBRI fora continue to highlight expertise and knowledge which may for the development of future RD&E investments. The PBRI has prioritised Surveillance RD&E as one of its Key Focus Areas, with interest in investing in activities that aim to enhance surveillance across the country. The aim is to reduce surveillance costs and increase coverage […]

Biosecurity insights from bananas to bees

The third Biosecurity Extension meeting was held online on 26 October 2021. Fifty extension practitioners working across plant and honeybee industries, met to hear insights from the Queensland incursion of Panama disease tropical race 4 (TR4) and to experience the world of bee biosecurity, from the perspective of a bee biosecurity officer. The Biosecurity Extension Community […]

Plant Biosecurity Detection and Diagnostic Forum

On 21 October, the PBRI held its sixth forum for 2021 on Detection and Diagnostics, as part of a series of priority research topics which support plant biosecurity in Australia. The research forums are the first stage of a concept development process used by the PBRI members and partners for collaboration and co-investment. New plant […]

New Partnership with the Plant Health Committee

A collaboration between PBRI and the Plant Health Committee was supported at the August PBRI Committee Meeting. Deputy Chair of Plant Health Committee, Dr Anne Walters emphasised the importance of this partnership in developing plant biosecurity research priorities together. The Plant Health Committee have recently completed an analysis of the biosecurity system, under the Intergovernmental […]


Data and analytics for enhanced biosecurity

PBRI members and partners met on July 20 to hear about the role of data and analytics to support biosecurity. This forum focussed on the types of data being collected and how it is being used in a biosecurity context. This was the fifth forum in a series that explores high priority areas for plant […]