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…

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…

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…

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

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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…

Xylella - Priority actions workshop

On February 15 a Xylella workshop was convened by DAWR to consider the priority actions identified at the International Symposium on Xylella fastidiosa held in Brisbane in May 2017. The workshop involved planning for the implementation…

RD&E priority setting for PBRI

A workshop to assess gaps and cross-sectoral RD&E opportunities in the collective PBRI project inventory (264 projects) was held on 30 January in Canberra. Biosecurity R&D program managers or their equivalent from each RDC, DAWR and…

Grapevine Pinot Gris Virus detection

Grapevine Pinot Gris Virus (GPGV) was recently detected in Australia and has been reported in many international wine regions in Europe, the US, Canada and China. As well as Pinot Gris, it can infect a number of other wine and table grape varieties,…