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Crawford Fund Annual Conference (PBSF017)

The Plant Biosecurity Science Foundation is supporting the Crawford Fund’s 2019 Annual Conference titled “Weathering the Perfect Storm: Addressing the Agriculture, Energy, Water, Climate Change Nexus” being held on 12 and 13 August 2019 in Canberra. There is a networking dinner and the Sir John Crawford Memorial Address at the Realm  Hotel ballroom on 12 […]

Myrtle Rust … a plant disease that poses a serious and urgent threat to Australia’s native biodiversity

Myrtle Rust, a plant disease caused by the introduced fungal pathogen Austropuccinia psidii, poses a serious and urgent threat to Australia’s native biodiversity. Myrtle Rust affects plant species in the family Myrtaceae (paperbarks, tea-trees, eucalypts, and lillipillies), which are key and often dominant species in many Australian ecosystems. To date it has proved capable of […]

Director profile: Jane Frances …

Each newsletter we hope to profile a Director. We were delighted to welcome Jane Frances to the Board – she brings a wealth of biosecurity experience to the role: you can read her short bio here (http://www.apbsf.org.au/governance/). I asked Jane a few questions … How important is the science that underpins Australia’s biosecurity system? “Science […]

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A new Board …

The Members voted in six new Director to take charge of the Foundation and deliver on its objective. The six new Directors provide a great balance of skills, experiences, and age and gender diversity. They are Mariana Campos Phil Clamp Andre Drenth Gary Fitt Jane Frances Kylie Ireland John Lovett and I remain as continuing […]

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The Foundation’s Strategic Directions ..

The Foundation’s was established to support plant biosecurity research, development, extension and capacity building, particularly focused where there is a need for investment in environmental, capacity building, international linkages, non-levy payer, cross-sectoral, and strategic plant biosecurity research. The Foundation will also invest in commercial IP developed by and inherited from PBCRC. It is hoped in […]

Perceptions and behaviours of Vietnamese farmers towards biosecurity threats in Australia (PBCRC64139)

Researcher: Tam Duong Organisation: Charles Darwin University, Australia Status: PhD submitted. Contract complete. Publications 1. https://www.mdpi.com/2077-0472/9/1/10 2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0362331919300710  3. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0030727019829754 4. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0261219418303533 Background Plant biosecurity incursions are known to globally cause disruptions to agricultural industries and substantial damage to farming businesses. Australian farmers have been increasingly affected due to loss of production, income and reputation of premium produce. Vietnamese […]

Bilateral Biosecurity Initiatives: Australia and Indonesia 2006 to present

Commencement.  The Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity (CRCNPB) commenced bilateral engagement with Indonesia in 2006 through a year-long pilot study focusing on Eastern Indonesia with its close proximity to Australian borders.  Initial activities involved seed funding 20 small projects to identify key of topics for investigation and key partners, many of whom remain […]

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 […]