Media releases 2017

National plant biosecurity effort shifts to next gear

28 April
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.

The group – comprising Wine Australia; Forest Wood Products Australia; Cotton Research and Development Corporation; Grains Research and Development Corporation; Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation; Sugar Research Australia and Horticulture Innovation Australia – elected Plant Health Australia chief executive Greg Fraser as Chair. Read more

Online training brings beekeepers up to standard

28 April
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. Read more

New program director to coordinate plant biosecurity science

30 March

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 coordinate plant biosecurity science across the seven plant-based RDCs. Read more

New farm biosecurity manual released for sugarcane producers

9 March
Sugarcane producers have a new guide to farm biosecurity measures to reduce the risks of weeds, pests, and diseases impacting production following the release of the Biosecurity Manual for Sugarcane Producers. Read more