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Environmental Biosecurity – Adding a Cultural Context (PBSF031)

Project Leader, Organisation Tilly Davis, Buthculla Aboriginal Corporation Status ACTIVE Background Exotic pests threaten cultural and environmental biodiversity values unique to Australia. The recent detection and subsequent spread of the invasive myrtle rust pathogen, Austropuccinia psidii, has highlighted the threat and challenges associated with managing these pests. Several reviews have highlighted serious gaps relating to […]

New projects being contracted …

Ten new projects have been approved for investment by the Foundation. The Board was delighted to receive lots of high quality proposals, and spent some time sifting through to get the best mix of investments. The ten approved projects were worth $284k in requests, an amount more than matched by the project partners. They included […]

Spotted lanternfly biology, ecology and awareness in the Australian environment (PBSF039)

Status ACTIVE Project Leader Dr Olivia Reynolds, cesar Background The planthopper, spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula: SLF), is an emerging pest of agricultural, urban and environmental biosecurity concern. The pest attacks over 70 plant species, primarily woody hosts, causing direct damage by feeding on plants using sucking mouthparts causing sap to exude, and indirectly through the development […]

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 […]