Australia joins international plant health research network

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Australia’s PBRI has signed an MOU with the European Phytosanitary Research and Coordination network, Euphresco.

Fall armyworm in Torres Strait and Far North Queensland

Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is an exotic pest that has recently been detected for the first time in the Torres Strait and at the tip of Cape York in Far North Queensland.

New pest reporting and responses course for researchers

A new course called ‘Researchers – Pest Reporting and Responses’ has been launched on Plant Health Australia’s Biosecurity Online Training (BOLT) platform which provides free access to plant biosecurity e-learning courses. The course…
Exercise Blueprint

Exercise Blueprint

The enthusiasm of participants at Exercise Blueprint highlights the desire of the cotton industry to be ready for a real-life incursion.

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…

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

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…