Beekeepers urged to adopt Biosecurity Code of Practice

August 1, 2018

Beekeepers nationally, commercial and hobby, are being urged to adopt the Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice to keep their bees healthy and to safeguard honey bee and pollination dependent industries.

Honey production is worth more than $100 million annually, along with sales of beeswax, queen and packaged bees. More

The big picture of how Australia protects itself from plant pests and diseases

July 12, 2018

The latest go-to guide to how Australia protects itself against exotic plant pests and diseases reveals the tremendous effort being made across the country to sustain our plant industries, unique ecosystems and standards of living.

The tenth edition of the National Plant Biosecurity Status Report was released this week by Plant Health Australia (PHA), the national coordinator of the government-industry partnership for plant biosecurity. More

Exercise Bee Prepared

July 12, 2018

Australian governments and the beekeeping industry are improving their readiness to respond to a detection of varroa mite (Varroa destructor) by taking part in Exercise Bee Prepared.

In this series of activities, PHA facilitates the delivery of workshops across the country, testing how to rapidly respond to a detection of this serious pest of honey bees. More

Plant Health Australia at the Australian Bee Congress

July 10, 2018

Staff of Plant Health Australia (PHA) attended the 3rd Australian Bee Congress. The congress program was filled with world-class speakers who presented on a wide range of topics. It was also a fabulous opportunity to meet beekeepers and discuss biosecurity issues affecting the Australian honey bee industry. More

Next generation of fruit fly handbook and website launched

June 14, 2018

The business of sorting and identifying the thousands of tephritid ‘true’ fruit flies affecting a wide variety of crops grown in Australia has just been made a lot easier.

The Australian Handbook for the Identification of Fruit Flies has always been popular with fruit fly diagnosticians, biosecurity workers, and the general fruit fly community. More

Upcoming simulation: Exercise Border Bridge

March 2, 2018

Over the last year, PHA has been helping to plan a large simulation exercise to be run by NSW Department of Primary Industries, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and the National Biosecurity Response Team Advisory Group.

Exercise Border Bridge is an exercise program that will look at how NSW and Queensland respond to a biosecurity incident occurring across both jurisdictions. More

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