Entries by Mandy Jarvis

PBRI members join forces again for another five years

The Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI) collaboration agreement has been renewed for another five years. An independent review conducted by AgEcon, found the PBRI had achieved its key strategic goals of supporting cross-industry biosecurity research through coordination, collaboration, and co-investment. The PBRI members accepted the findings of the review and will continue to support the […]

2023 International Day of Plant Health – Plant Health TV Contest

The United Nations have declared 12th of May the International Day of Plant Health (IDPH). Many events will be organised to raise awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development. To raise awareness of the 2023 International Day of Plant Health, the PBRI collaborated […]

Biosecurity extension insights from retail to on-farm

The sixth Biosecurity Extension Community meeting was held online on 14 December 2022, with 30 practitioners from multiple plant industries meeting to share insights, observations and best-practice on-farm biosecurity techniques. The Biosecurity Extension Community provides a platform for practitioners working across Australian plant industries to come together and discuss ways of improving management practices through […]

The 4th International Congress on Biological Invasions (ICBI2023) and B3 Conference

The 4th International Congress on Biological Invasions (ICBI2023) will be hosted in Christchurch (Ōtautahi), New Zealand (Aotearoa) on 1-4 May 2023. The ICBI congress will provide a forum to explore, share and develop responses to the global challenges and threats that Invasive Alien Species (IAS) present to biodiversity, ecological systems and food production and safety […]

2022 PBRI Symposium – Ritman Scholars report back

Tavish Eenjes Plant biosecurity is a key issue in Australia, as food, sustainable timber and other plant-based material requirements continue to increase. Despite this, plant biosecurity initiatives are unnoticed and underappreciated by the wider public, while other biosecurity threats, such as the recent efforts to curtail the incursion of Varroa mite in New South Wales, […]

Online training supports good jobs in face of hitchhiker pests

New online training packages will support good jobs in agriculture by helping more people recognise exotic pests and diseases. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said Biosecurity Queensland, Plant Health Australia, and the NSW Government had developed two new online training packages, Hitchhiker Pests, and Nursery Pests […]

The 2022 Ritman Scholars launch a new Plant Health Student Network

In May 2022, the PBRI awarded the Ritman Scholarship to four outstanding PhD students, to commemorate Dr Kim Ritman, a foundation member of the PBRI. The recipients were Rebecca Degnan (UQ), Bianca Rodrigues Jardim (LTU), Tavish Eenjes (ANU) and Salome Wilson (ANU) (L to R below). The scholarship enabled the students to attend the PBRI […]