Science Protecting Plant Health conference

October 6, 2017

PHA was a platinum sponsor of the recent Science Protecting Plant Health Conference in Brisbane and had a good presence at the event. Over 500 delegates gathered to hear about the latest plant biosecurity research and to learn about Australia’s plant biosecurity system. More

Tomato potato psyllid response enters T2M phase

October 5, 2017

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia (DPIRD) is continuing efforts to manage and contain tomato potato psyllid following the decision made by the National Management Group (NMG) earlier this year that it cannot be eradicated. More

Control, eradication and preparedness for vegetable leafminer

October 5, 2017

Vegetable leafminer (Liriomyza sativae) is a new arrival to Australia.

Since 2008, it has been island hopping in a southerly direction down the Torres Strait Island group. The Northern Australian Quarantine Strategy (NAQS) and Biosecurity Queensland has been tracking the movement of this pest since its detection in the Strait. More

The Exotic Plant Pest Hotline: 1800 084 881

August 3, 2017

Rapid reporting of exotic plant pests is critical: early detection gives us the best chance to effectively control and eradicate pests. If you find something you believe could be an exotic plant pest, call the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline immediately to report it to your local state or territory government. More

PHA co-operating with New Zealand to fight plant pests and diseases

June 27, 2017

Following the recent discovery that the fungal plant disease myrtle rust has made it to New Zealand, Plant Health Australia (PHA) will be working in an international research partnership to address the new threat to New Zealand’s environment and plant industries. More

Report shows how Australia is protected from plant pests

June 22, 2017

The ninth edition of the National Plant Biosecurity Status Report was released this week, revealing the huge effort that goes into keeping Australia free from new plant pests.  The report includes a listing of hundreds of scientific projects that Australians are doing to provide answers to problems that Australians face. More

$21m injection for pest surveillance

June 19, 2017

Plant Health Australia has received funding for a project to improve plant pest surveillance and utilise AUSPestCheck as a national virtual co-ordination centre. The project, Improving Plant Pest Management Through Cross Industry Deployment of Smart Sensor, Diagnostics and Forecasting, will underpin existing surveillance initiatives, and provide a foundation for a nation‐wide surveillance network. More

National plant biosecurity effort shifts to next gear

April 28, 2017

Off the back the nation’s plant Research and Development Corporations (RDCs) announcing they would unite efforts to strengthen Australian plant biosecurity last month, the partnership has appointed a Chair, implemented a management plan and is in the process of recruiting a program director to oversee operations of the new initiative. More

Online training brings beekeepers up to standard

April 28, 2017

A new online training course was launched by the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) and Plant Health Australia this week, to make it easy for beekeepers to find out how to care for honey bees in accordance with the new Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice. More

New program director to coordinate plant biosecurity science

March 30, 2017

Following the recent announcement that plant rural research and development corporations (RDCs) have agreed to work more closely together to maximise opportunities for collaboration, Hort Innovation and Plant Health Australia (PHA) are to appoint a new program director to work across the seven plant-based RDCs. More