The first ever Biosecurity Blitz

November 2, 2015

In September 2015, the Grains e-Surveillance Team from the Department of Agriculture and Food, WA (DAFWA) carried out the first ever Biosecurity Blitz.

DAFWA invited the Western Australian community to use one of the department’s free reporting tools to send a report of a pest insect, weed, disease or animal to the department. More

New Council to drive national management of fruit flies

October 20, 2015

A new council has been formed to work with growers and fruit fly management community groups across all states and territories to control fruit fly on a national scale. The announcement was made jointly by Plant Health Australia (PHA), the national coordinators of the industry-government plant biosecurity partnership in Australia, and Hort Innovation, one of the major funding contributors. More

PHA member survey

September 25, 2015

The 2015 PHA member survey will take place in the next week or two. Research company GfK has been appointed to undertake the on-line survey on PHA’s behalf.

The survey is designed to assess the performance of the company from the perspective of its members, and to collate information on your organisation’s preparedness in the area of plant biosecurity. More

Meeting of PHA Board and field trips

September 25, 2015

The PHA Board held its latest meeting in Queensland from 15 to 17 September 2015. Apart from the meeting itself, Board members visited the production or research facilities of a number of industry members.

First stop was the Sugar Research Australia research station at Woodford to view experimentally infected sugarcane crops to study the response to pathogens. More

Biosecurity award finalist breeds bees keen on housekeeping

September 2, 2015

Beekeeper Lindsay Bourke, who owns and runs Australian Honey Products, has bred bees that clean out their brood nest at the whiff of a pest or disease.

Lindsay is a finalist for the Plant Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award, sponsored by Plant Health Australia. More

Finalist cool as a cucumber in the face of virus threat

September 1, 2015

Michael Quach from Lake Bennett Hydroponic Cucumbers at Noonamah, Northern Territory, is a finalist for the Plant Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award, sponsored by Plant Health Australia.

When threatened by a cucumber virus that could affect his crop, he ramped up on-farm biosecurity measures to protect his livelihood from the disease. More

Award finalist recognised for prompt response to citrus disease threat

September 1, 2015

Mark Engall, owner and manager of Engall’s Nursery in Dural NSW, is a finalist for the Plant Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award, sponsored by Plant health Australia.

Established in 1946, Engall’s is a third generation family run business, specialising in growing fruit trees and roses on 3.6 hectares. More

Dress rehearsal for grain pest emergency

August 24, 2015

In the event of an incursion of an exotic pest of grain crops in Australia, rapid response is vital to limit the spread and minimise the impact on the grains industry and wider community. Much will hinge on the ability to get clear messages out quickly. More

Biosecurity award finalists named

August 14, 2015

Producers from across three states have been named as finalists in the Plant Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award.

Lindsay Bourke (of Launceston, Tasmania), Mark Engall (of Dural, New South Wales) and Michael Quach (of Noonamah, Northern Territory) have been recognised as outstanding entrants in the national award. More

Strengthening biosecurity links with chemical supply chain

July 24, 2015

AgNova Technologies is the latest organisation to become an associate member of Plant Health Australia (PHA).

Greg Fraser, PHA Executive Director and CEO, welcomed AgNova noting that the PHA partnership is strengthened with each new member.

“It is very pleasing that a company involved in the biosecurity supply chain has decided to join our ranks. More