Project Leader

Hazell Parry, CSIRO




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 grant will bring several Rothamsted scientists (both global experts in the field and emerging early career researchers) to Australia.  We seek some additional funding to maximize the collaboration-building opportunity of this visit for plant biosecurity researchers across Australia, as well as to engage with policy-makers at both State and Federal level.

Objectives and Impact

We will hold a two-day workshop in Brisbane at CSIRO in late February/early March 2020. 

During the workshop, we will seek to:

  1. identify key pests and pathogens that pose a threat to food and industry security in Australia or environmental risk and human health, whose threat can be reduced by understanding their patterns of long-distance atmospheric movement and improving our ability to forecast these movements.
  2. Develop specific, integrated, methodologies with which to research the movement patterns of the identified key pests.

This will build on previous work conducted both at Rothamsted and CSIRO, as well as by the PBCRC project PBCRC2153 which was focused on the arrival of exotic pests into Australia, particularly industry-specific pests for citrus, potato and sugarcane.  The PBCRC project built stakeholder engagement but lacked a multi-institutional science-focused workshop as we are proposing.  By hosting an inclusive, multi-institutional science-focused workshop, including biosecurity professionals and international researchers, we hope to achieve some clarity on opportunities for collaboration on this topic to enhance Australian plant biosecurity. 

[1] Reynolds and Reynolds, 2008, Proceedings of the Royal Society B; Bell et al., 2015, Journal of Animal Ecology

[2] Parry 2013 Movement Ecology; Parry et al 2015 IN Venette (ed) Pest Risk Modelling and mapping for Invasive Alien Species, CABI; TAPPAS: