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Winter news – call for proposals, project updates and more …

The Foundation’s winter newsletter is out now and can be downloaded here… Can our current reliance on science become the new norm? Call for proposals Myrtle Rust National Action Plan finalised and with Minister Ley Blood disease in bananas – reducing risk to Australia Remote sensing and machine learning for improved biosecurity in forest and […]

Call for proposals …

The Foundation is calling for new investment proposals, with applications due 27 August Investments proposals must have a very specific and defined purpose, clear benefits to plant biosecurity in Australia, and be consistent with the Foundation’s Vision and Mission (apbsf.org.au). Proposals are welcome from any organization or individual. This 2020 funding round will focus on […]

Understanding long-distance atmospheric movement of pests … a collaborative workshop …

Recently, the Foundation supported a workshop “Tracking and forecasting of pest and pathogen movements”, led by CSIRO’s Hazel Parry. During the workshop, participants learned about novel research and networked with other researchers, gained insights on the integration of technologies and identified current applications for this research and possible collaborations. Workshop participants have since developed collaborative […]

The Indonesian Biosecurity Foundation joins us …

The Foundation is delighted to welcome the Indonesian Biosecurity Foundation as a new Member. The IBF was created in 2018, building off the substantial co-investment in biosecurity over many years between various Indonesian partners, the PBCRC and CRCNPB. Foundation Chair, Professor John Lovett, said “we are delighted with the many years of collaboration on biosecurity, […]

Remote sensing and machine learning applications for urban forest biosecurity surveillance (PBSF030)

Status Contracting Project Leader Dr Angus Carnegie, NSWDPI Background Several reviews have highlighted a need for improved biosecurity surveillance at first points-of-entry, commonly called high risk site surveillance (HRSS), such as at major ports and approved arrangement facilities. Government- and industry-funded surveillance programs utilize insect traps and host-tree surveillance. Currently in most jurisdictions, host trees […]

Foundation seeking to improve urban biosecurity …

The Foundation has invested in a new project to enhance urban biosecurity in Australia, contracting Jess Lye at cesar to use a foundational approach to understand emerging risks, support resilient cities and safeguard rural industry (PBSF027). Australian cities are undergoing a high rate of growth. Creating ‘urban forests’ to boost resilience is becoming more common, […]

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McTaggart publishing on Myrtle Rust already …

Alistair McTaggart has wasted no timing in leveraging his Foundation project (PBSF018) by publishing already in the European Journal of Plant Pathology. His paper is ‘Sexual reproduction in populations of Austropuccinia psidii’. The project aims to: 1.Foster collaborations between researchers from Australia, the USDA (United States of America), Scion (New Zealand) and FABI (South Africa), […]