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Foundation call for investment proposals proves popular again!

The 2019 funding round called for proposals in the following areas: environmental biosecurity (with clear overlap with social and community biosecurity), and in particular myrtle rust (with clear linkages to the Draft National Action Plan – below); building on the social biosecurity program of the PBCRC, including indigenous engagement; urban and peri-urban biosecurity; opportunities to […]

Workshop: tracking and forecasting of pest and pathogen movements (PBSF028)

Project Leader Hazell Parry, CSIRO Status Complete Background Parallel research has been undertaken in both the UK[1] and Australia[2] that considers the risks posed by the long-distance atmospheric movement of insect pests and pathogens. This currently takes a range of independent methodological approaches: Atmospheric dispersal modelling Radar technology Near-ground monitoring  Genetics A Rothamsted Research-CSIRO Linkage […]

Urban plant biosecurity: Using a foundational approach to understand emerging risks, support resilient cities and safeguard rural industry (PBSF027) COMPLETE

Project Leader Jessica Lye, cesar Dr Helen McGregor, Redefining Agriculture Status Complete Executive Summary – Download full report The concepts of ‘urban greening’ and ‘urban rewilding’ are becoming increasingly normalised in high-density urban areas, such as Australia’s capital cities. The growing popularity of urban greening approaches has been supported by the growing need to find […]

Australian Strawberry growers equipped with biosecurity knowledge

This Foundation-funded project delivered Masterclasses to Australian strawberry growers to increase their awareness and adoption of farm biosecurity practices. Growers considered most of the farm biosecurity practices discussed as ‘easy’ to adopt, particularly those that were not costly or time consuming to implement. 75% of participants adopted one or more of the biosecurity practices on […]

Boosting biosecurity awareness and action in the international post-border freight and logistics industry

The Foundation supported NSW DPI to undertake a program of activity for biosecurity in the post-border freight and logistics industry. This came on the back of two post-border detections of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) in 2017-18 in NSW. These detections led to a cost-shared emergency response between agricultural industries and government under the […]