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Online training supports good jobs in face of hitchhiker pests

September 26, 2022

New online training packages will support good jobs in agriculture by helping more people recognise exotic pests and diseases.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said Biosecurity Queensland, Plant Health Australia, and the NSW Government had developed two new online training packages, Hitchhiker Pests, and Nursery Pests and Diseases. More

Annual Surveillance and Diagnostics Workshop highlights

September 19, 2022

The Annual Surveillance and Diagnostics Workshop (ADSW) is an annual networking event which allows diagnosticians and surveillance practitioners to come together and share knowledge and learnings. The last face-to-face ADSW was held in March 2020. More

Message from the CEO

September 19, 2022

Welcome to the September edition of Tendrils!

In this edition we cover the relaunch of the Pest and Disease Image Library (PaDIL), the recent Annual Surveillance and Diagnostic Workshop held in Melbourne, and the Grains Farm Biosecurity two-day meeting that was held at the PHA offices in Canberra. More

Bee biosecurity update from Western Australia

September 19, 2022

WA has enjoyed a fantastic season from January to June 2022, with many commercial and recreational beekeepers gleefully complaining there has been ‘too much honey’. Winter came as a welcome relief to many apiarists who were able to catch up on offseason jobs. More

Coordination of HTS data key to biosecurity protection

September 19, 2022

Increasing numbers of travelers and increasing volumes of goods entering Australia place more pressure on Australia’s biosecurity system for faster and accurate identification of plant pests, especially where these may be exotic species, national priority plant pests, industry high priority pests and trade sensitive established pests. More

Improving Australia’s biosecurity toolkit

September 14, 2022

Fast access to data and information is key to support the quick identification of, and rapid response to, the detection of exotic pests and diseases to ensure the appropriate response strategies are implemented.

To continually improve Australia’s biosecurity toolkit and to aid the effective and efficient detection of plant biosecurity risks, Plant Health Australia (PHA) in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), Museums Victoria and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia (DPIRD, WA) recently relaunched the Pest and Disease Image Library (PaDIL). More

Biosecurity plan for mixed producers key amid FMD threat

September 7, 2022

The impending threat of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) after it was recently detected in Indonesia, could devastate Australia’s agriculture industry, with the economic impact estimated at $80 billion over 10 years.

FMD is considered one of Australia’s greatest biosecurity risks and an incursion would have significant consequences for animal health and trade. More