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Evaluating chlorine dioxide and ozone to control insects in stored grain (PBCRC63052)

Student and University Beibei Li, Kansas State University (Kansas, USA) Beibei is now working as a Research Assistant at KSU. Status Complete Background The development of resistance to phosphine over the past 10-15 years in selected stored grain insects threatens both Australian and global grain industries. This project aimed to develop alternative approaches to reduce […]

New, non-chemical technologies to protect grain during storage and transport (PBCRC63058)

Student and University Kouame Yao, Kansas State University (Kansas, USA) Kouame is now working as an Operations Manager for ADM in Canada. Status Complete Background Alternatives to chemical grain protectants are needed that have low mammalian toxicity and high specificity to insects with no adverse environmental impacts. This project investigated the viability of using a […]

Understanding the mechanisms of dust-induced insect death and biological effect (PBCRC63060)

Student and University Yanyu Li, Murdoch University (WA) Status Complete Background The key biosecurity problem this PhD tried to address is the threat to the usage of phosphine, which is an essential fumigant for the grains industry. Phosphine chemistries are coming under increasing threat from a combination of factors. Replacement fumigants are not likely to […]


Myrtle Rust Masterclass – Community Awareness (PBSF009) COMPLETE

Project Leader, Organisation Mick Blake, Box Hill TAFE (https://www.boxhill.edu.au/course/science-biosecurity/biosecurity/) Status COMPLETE Background Box Hill Institute runs masterclasses on a variety of topics aimed at community and business engagement and training. Masterclasses are streamed for remote participation and an edited version is made publicly available on the BHI website. The 2017 QFF masterclass attracted over 100 […]

Burnett Mary Regional Biosecurity conference (PBSF008) CANCELLED due to COVID-19

Project Leader, Organisation Sheila Charlesworth, Burnett Mary Regional Group Status CANCELLED due to COVID-19 Background The Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) is the peak body for natural resource management (NRM) for a region comprising the Burnett and Mary river catchments and the associated sub catchment areas of the Kolan, Elliott, Gregory, Baffle, Burrum and Isis […]

2019 ‘Pest Invaders’ DAF Hermitage Research Facility/Customer Support Officer and Competition Coordinator (PBSF007) COMPLETE

Project Leader, Organisation Kerrie Rubie, Queensland Department Agriculture and Forestry Status COMPLETE Background The DAF Hermitage Research Facility Schools Plant Science Competition (link) offers engaging ways for students to gain understanding and skills in key areas identified within the Australian Science Curriculum. Encouraging the next generation of people who will be involved in agriculture and […]

Australasian Plant Pathology Society 50th Anniversary Conference: Strong Foundations, Future Innovations (PBSF005) COMPLETE

Project Leader, Organisation Adrian Dinsdale, Australian Plant Pathology Society Status COMPLETE The Australasian Plant Pathology Society (APPS) is dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge of plant pathology and its practice in the Australasian and Indo Pacific Regions. APPS has a long and successful history of promoting plant health and encouraging students to build […]

Boosting biosecurity awareness and action in the freight and logistics industry (PBSF015) COMPLETE

Project Leader, Organisation Nic Schembri, NSW Department Primary Industries Status COMPLETE Background Three recent incursions in Greater Sydney have highlighted the risks associated with the importation of goods into Australia and spread from the ports and Intermodal Terminals. These incidents also highlight the need for vigilance from transport and warehouse workers to identify and report […]

Updating Charles Darwin University’s ‘ENV521 – Community Engagement for Biosecurity and Natural Resource Management’ unit (PBSF014) COMPLETE

Project Leader, Organisation Nyree Stenekes, ABARES Status COMPLETE Background Charles Darwin University expressed interest for ABARES Social Sciences team to review the current unit titled ‘ENV521 – Community Engagement for Biosecurity and Natural Resource Management’, which forms part of the national curriculum for biosecurity. Considerable new insights in behaviour change and gaining community support have […]

National Masterclasses to Improve Biosecurity for Control of Soil-borne Diseases on Strawberry Farms (PBSF013) COMPLETE

Project Leader, Organisation Dylan McFarlane, Victorian Strawberry Industry Certification Authority Status COMPLETE Background Charcoal rot and Fusarium wilt of strawberry crops have dramatically increased in importance since the withdrawal of the pre-plant fumigant methyl bromide, and are threatening the viability of the Australian industry. Methyl bromide was highly effective against these diseases, and growers did […]