Plant Biosecurity Science Foundation

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,…

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 ( I asked…

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 CamposPhil ClampAndre DrenthGary Fitt…

The Australian Plant Biosecurity Science Foundation (APBSF) supports 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 the long term that a return is realised from this IP and the Foundation will manage and invest those funds in plant biosecurity science.

The Foundation was established to follow the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (PBCRC) which finished operations in June 2018, supported with unspent funds from PBCRC.

Read about all our investments, their outputs and impact, and download project reports.

What we do


Invest in plant biosecurity research, development, extension and delivery activities, through programs and projects, scientific capacity building (scholarships and internships), masterclasses (Australian and overseas) and fellowships, and management of commercial activity with PBCRC-developed IP which may generate revenue for plant biosecurity science.

Science hub

A plant biosecurity science and knowledge sharing ‘hub’ of plant biosecurity stakeholders and a network of plant biosecurity scientists.


Advocate the importance of investment in plant biosecurity science globally, nationally and locally for agriculture, the environment, regional communities, biodiversity and food security.


Collaborate and partner in Australia and overseas to attract, develop and manage grants and funds which advance plant biosecurity science.

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