Plant Biosecurity Science Foundation

Winter news - call for proposals, project updates and more ...

The Foundation's winter newsletter is out now and can be downloaded here... Can our current reliance on science become the new norm? Call for proposals Myrtle Rust National Action Plan finalised and with Minister LeyBlood disease in bananas…

Call for proposals ...

The Foundation is calling for new investment proposals, with applications due 27 August Investments proposals must have a very specific and defined purpose, clear benefits to plant biosecurity in Australia, and be consistent with the Foundation’s…

Understanding long-distance atmospheric movement of pests … a collaborative workshop ...

Recently, the Foundation supported a workshop “Tracking and forecasting of pest and pathogen movements”, led by CSIRO's Hazel Parry. During the workshop, participants learned about novel research and networked with other researchers,…

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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