Entries by Sharon Abrahams


Research initiative ramps up investments to secure plant biosecurity

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 and investment in plant biosecurity research, with a focus on managing threats to Australia’s plant industries and their environment. The […]

New date: Plant Biosecurity Research Symposium 2019

The inaugural PBRI Plant Biosecurity Research Symposium will be held on 15 and 16 August 2019* at the Edge, State Library, Brisbane. The two-day symposium will showcase current plant biosecurity research supported by the PBRI member organisations and delivered by a large range of research teams in Australia. This includes research on pests, diseases and […]

Australia and NZ join forces on plant biosecurity research

Australia and New Zealand have entered into a new collaboration to strengthen plant biosecurity research. The Australian Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI) will join forces with Better Border Biosecurity, New Zealand (B3 NZ) through a memorandum of understanding. “We are both committed to working together to deliver plant biosecurity research of mutual benefit to both […]

Coordinated defence against Australia’s most threatening plant disease

Wine Australia and Hort Innovation have teamed up through the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI) to safeguard the nation against a devastating bacteria that could cripple the country’s multi-billion dollar wine and horticultural sectors. Xylella fastidiosa is an exotic bacterium that prevents a plant from feeding by impeding the movement of rising sap. While Australia […]


Hort Innovation announces its new CEO

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 of experience, most recently from his previous role as the long-term CEO of NSW Farmers, Australia’s largest […]