New Directors and Chairman for Plant Health Australia

November 29, 2017

Plant Health Australia (PHA), the not-for-profit coordinator of the plant biosecurity industry and government partnership in Australia, has three new non-executive Directors on its Board, plus a new Chair and Deputy Chair.

The new PHA non-executive Directors appointed at the PHA Annual General Meeting in Canberra are Dr Prue McMichael, Mr Kim Halbert and Mr Doug Phillips. More

Xylella symposium presentations, report and economic impact study now available

November 27, 2017

The report and speaker presentations from the International Symposium on Xylella fastidiosa, held in Brisbane on 17-18 May 2017, are now available on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website. Xylella is the number 1 pest of the National Plant Pest Priorities that are exotic to Australia, under eradication or have limited distribution due to wide host range and impact. More

National Bee Pest Surveillance Program activities

November 27, 2017

The National Bee Pest Surveillance Program is administered by Plant Health Australia and uses sentinel hives, swarm and nest capture, catchboxes, and floral sweep netting in and around ports along Australia’s coast as early warning systems for incursions of exotic bees and pests of bees. More

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