2022/23 CitrusWatch Activity Report now available

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CitrusWatch is pleased to release the 2022-2023 Activity Report which showcases the program’s achievements over the past year.

A collaboration between Plant Health Australia (PHA), Citrus Australia, the Northern Territory Department of Industry Tourism and Trade, and Cesar Australia, the program is a national citrus biosecurity and surveillance program that extends across commercial production zones, to highdensity, urban and peri-urban regions.

Key activities focused on education, engagement and collaboration, with notable highlights including:

  • Extensive nationwide surveillance involving the deployment of 1,252 Asian citrus psyllid traps and targeted surveys of 18 orchards and 30 urban and peri-urban sites.
  • Launch of the CitrusWatch Biosecurity Online Training (BOLT) course.
  • Development of awareness material such as newsletters, mascots and factsheets to support improved citrus biosecurity.
  • Continued collaboration with the Citrus Pathology Laboratory at the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute for screening of budsticks for exotic pathogens.
  • Hosting of a two-week industry study tour to California and Florida and participation in a study tour to citrus orchards in Indonesia.
  • Commencement of a PhD on Australian psyllids associated with citrus orchards, through LaTrobe University and Agriculture Victoria Research.

These achievements are testament to the dedication of our partners, volunteers and supporters, ensuring a resilient future for the citrus industry.

Visit the Citrus Australia website for more information on the program.