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PHA Board meeting 106

May 23, 2022

The Plant Health Australia (PHA) Board met virtually on 1 and 2 March 2022 for Board meeting 106. The meeting had the full attendance of the PHA Board, as well as Chief Executive Officer, Sarah Corcoran and Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary, Michael Milne. More

The 3rd Australian Native Bee Conference

May 17, 2022

The 3rd Australian Native Bee Conference will be held in Sydney, 11-12 June 2022. This biennial summit is the only national meeting on native bees, and will focus on unlocking their potential.

Organizers expect several hundred participants to attend this gathering, including researchers, industry leaders, farmers, naturalists, enthusiasts, and educators. More

Beekeepers supported after severe weather

May 17, 2022

Recent severe weather events in South-East Queensland and New South Wales have significantly impacted many beekeepers.

Commercial and hobby beekeepers alike found themselves dealing with flood affected hives or had lost hives completely and needed to dispose of hive boxes and equipment in an appropriate manner. More

Combatting biosecurity threats with science

May 17, 2022

The recent two-day Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI) Symposium held in Adelaide, attracted 150 pest and disease experts from around the country and overseas, keen to share new information on the fast-travelling fall armyworm, among a host of other issues. More

Message from the CEO May 2022

May 17, 2022

This month we’ve seen a flurry of face-to-face interactions with the Myrtle rust field day in Tullebudgera valley, the 2nd Australian Biosecurity Symposium (ABS) on the Gold Coast and the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI) Symposium in Adelaide. More

International Day of Plant Health: Healthy Plants Start with Healthy Seeds

May 11, 2022

Today’s inaugural International Day of Plant Health is a great opportunity to highlight the importance of healthy seed to healthy plants.

Mr Osman Mewett, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Seed Federation (ASF), the peak national association for Australia’s seed for sowing sector said, “The seed industry has been supportive of the idea of celebrating an International Day of Plant Health from the very beginning.” More

Connecting the biosecurity dots

May 11, 2022

After three years, the much-anticipated 2nd Australian Biosecurity Symposium brought over 400 of Australia’s key agricultural, government, research, and community sectors to the Gold Coast last week.

The symposium is a flagship event of the Biosecurity Collective – a shared initiative consisting of Animal Health Australia (AHA), Invasive Species Council (ISC), Centre for Invasive Species Solutions (CISS) and Plant Health Australia (PHA) intended to influence the direction of Australia’s biosecurity system towards 2030, particularly in engaging all Australians in building a stronger biosecurity system and building a mass biosecurity movement. More

Building a biosecurity mass movement

May 4, 2022

Following the resounding success of the inaugural Australian Biosecurity Symposium in 2019, over 400 of the country’s leading innovative minds and influential players converged on the Gold Coast to network, brainstorm and unite under a common purpose to accelerate biosecurity reform. More