Media releases 2013

Vineyard biosecurity manual to reduce pest risks

11 December 2013
Wine grape, table grape and dried grape growers will now be able to reduce the risk of new pests establishing in vineyards across Australia, with the launch this week of the Biosecurity Manual for the Viticulture Industry.

Biosecurity focus for Australian citrus industry

26 November 2013
Plant Health Australia (PHA) and Citrus Australia have taken steps to strengthen biosecurity planning and preparedness for the citrus industry through the appointment of a dedicated biosecurity manager, Stuart Pettigrew.

Plan to protect berry growing in Australia

16 October  2013
The fast growing raspberry and blackberry industry in Australia has a more certain future with the launch last week of the Industry Biosecurity Plan for the Rubus Industry at Berry Quest in Mooroolbark, Victoria.

Protecting papaya production

24 September 2013
Another biosecurity manual was released by Plant Health Australia (PHA) this week explaining the biosecurity risks posed by exotic pests to Australian papaya orchards and the simple steps that papaya growers can take to protect their business.

NT banana disease triggers emergency response arrangements

29 August 2013
A serious disease of bananas was detected on two rural-residential properties near Darwin recently, sparking a national emergency plant pest response, Plant Health Australia (PHA) announced today. Under the terms of the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD) a group of representatives from industry and government has been assembled to decide how to tackle Banana freckle (Phyllosticta cavendishii), a fungal disease that blemishes Cavendish bananas.

Rehearsal sharpens biosecurity emergency response skills

21 August 2013
The ability of government and plant industries to respond to a plant pest incursion was put to the test last week with a large scale simulation exercise hosted in Melbourne.

Border seizure protects Australia’s citrus industry

13 August 2013
Biosecurity officers have again proved their worth by seizing prohibited curry leaves at the border, which could have caused an incursion of the serious citrus pest Huanglongbing (HLB) or Citrus greening.

National action on fruit flies urged at PHA meeting

28 June 2013
Speakers at the General Meeting of Plant Health Australia (PHA) in Sydney recently called for action from government and industry stakeholders in order to advance the national coordination of fruit fly management in Australia, warning that there is much at stake.

Report card shows Australia’s plant biosecurity system passes with flying colours

26 June 2013
The 2012 edition of the National Plant Biosecurity Status Report released by Plant Health Australia (PHA) this week, shows how well Australia’s plant biosecurity system works in protecting Australia’s agricultural, horticultural and forestry industries, which in 2012 were worth $29.4 billion.

Boosting bee biosecurity

14 June 2013
A new industry biosecurity plan was launched by Plant Health Australia (PHA) alongside the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) at the 100th NSW Apiarist Association Conference in Merimbula NSW last month, establishing a range of actions to be taken by stakeholders to protect Australia’s honey bees and the valuable pollination services that they provide.

Biosecurity manual helps organic grain growers deal with pest threats

28 May 2013
The latest manual from Plant Health Australia (PHA) aims to assist organic grain producers deal with pest threats while complying with organic standards.

The production nursery industry taking biosecurity seriously

21 May 2013
Plant Health Australia (PHA) launched an updated Industry Biosecurity Plan for the Nursery Industry last week saying it is one of the most important biosecurity plans that it has developed, given that production nurseries supply nursery stock to many other plant industries in Australia.

Boosting biosecurity preparedness for plantation forestry

22 March 2013
To ensure its future viability and sustainability, the Australian plantation forest industry has boosted biosecurity with two new steps: launching a new biosecurity plan and becoming a signatory to the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD).