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Myrtle Rust Masterclass – Community Awareness (PBSF009)

Project Leader, Organisation Mick Blake, Box Hill TAFE (https://www.boxhill.edu.au/course/science-biosecurity/biosecurity/) Status ACTIVE – register now! (see below) 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 […]

Burnett Mary Regional Biosecurity conference (PBSF008)

Project Leader, Organisation Sheila Charlesworth, Burnett Mary Regional Group Status ACTIVE 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 rivers. The Burnett […]

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

Project Leader, Organisation Kerrie Rubie, Queensland Department Agriculture and Forestry Status Contracting 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)

Project Leader, Organisation Adrian Dinsdale, Australian Plant Pathology Society Status Contracting Background 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 […]

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

Project Leader, Organisation Emily Rucker, NSW Department Primary Industries Status ACTIVE 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)

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)

Project Leader, Organisation Dylan McFarlane, Victorian Strawberry Industry Certification Authority Status ACTIVE 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 […]

Expanding environmental biosecurity capacity to protect our unique ecosystems (PBSF012)

Project Leader, Organisation Geoff Pegg, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Status ACTIVE Background Exotic pests threaten cultural and environmental biodiversity values unique to Australia. Myrtle Rust is the second significant plant pathogen to invade the native environment in Australia and several reviews have highlighted serious gaps relating to Australia’s environmental biosecurity. The Australian Government […]

Expanding Indigenous communities biosecurity surveillance and monitoring capacity to care for country and to protect country from pest and diseases (PBSF011)

Project Leader, Organisation Linda Ford, Charles Darwin University Status Active Background In 2012 -2018, Australia and New Zealand successfully completed a Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre project 4041 ‘Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities through Engagement – a Focus on Biosecurity Threats’. The project presented traditional Indigenous knowledge and Western knowledge into a framework designed to […]

Pursuing sensitive limits of biochemical geographic discrimination as generic tool for high risk pest Plants (PBSF010)

Project Leader, Organisation David Murphy, Queensland University of Technology Status COMPLETE Background PBCRC2111 (https://www.pbcrc.com.au/publications/pbcrc2272/) demonstrated Sr isotopes and trace metals as a powerful tool for geographic discrimination, but the method was limited to fruit flies and required pooling of samples (5-20 flies per analysis). Continued method development at QUT has led to a novel MS-MS […]