Plant Biosecurity Science Foundation

Can RNAi vaccine provide a novel control option for myrtle rust?

A new Foundation project led by Dr Anne Sawyer of the University of Queensland is looking at exactly this question. The early stage, proof of concept project will address Objective 4.3 of the National Myrtle Rust Action plan, focusing on two…

Geoff Pegg leads the way in increasing capacity of Traditional Owners (TO) to detect, monitor and report priority environmental exotic plant pest and disease threats in a World Heritage Area

Dr Geoff Pegg, recently named 'Environmental Biosecurity Award' winner in the 2020 National Biosecurity Awards, has just completed a wonderful project with the Butchulla Land and Sea Rangers. The project increased their biosecurity capacity,…

Biosecurity Warrior working with kids, supported by the Foundation ...

The Foundation supported Jordan Bailey of NSW DPI to raise the profile of biosecurity to schools during the International Year of Plant Health. We love what she has done .. you can read more here, or download the full report. Well done J…

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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