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Forestry consultation on the Timber/Tree workshops

January 23, 2023

A project to develop a nationally agreed approach to prevent, prepare for, and respond to pests of timber and trees that pose significant economic and social risk to Australia’s forest industry has commenced.

The National Action Plan (NAP) for Pests of Trees and Timber, funded by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), will describe priority areas for a national approach to prevent, detect, respond and cross-cutting issues related to exotic pests threatening Australian timber and trees. More

Scoping a HTS database for a connected diagnostics system

January 23, 2023

High throughput sequencing (HTS) technology is being used to increase Australia’s plant pest diagnostic capacity, and deliver rapid, more accurate results to support our agribusiness and our environment.

HTS generates massive datasets and the increasing amount of data being generated on plant pests has emphasised the need for a secure, centralised platform to allow the submission, sharing and analysis of genomic data. More

Message from the CEO

January 23, 2023

At Plant Health Australia (PHA), we’ve started the year with a calendar full of exciting projects, collaborations and events. Of note in the first six months is the Plant Surveillance Network Australasia-Pacific’s National Forest Pest Surveillance webinar and evokeAg (February) Northern Australia Food Futures Conference (May), Hort Connections (June) and the National Fruit Fly Symposium (July). More

AUSVEG Farm Biosecurity Project delivers positive impact

January 23, 2023

The AUSVEG Farm Biosecurity Project, a collaboration between Plant Health Australia (PHA) and AUSVEG, continues to strengthen the vegetable and potato industry’s preparedness, response, and management of national biosecurity risks.

As part of the MOU between PHA and AUSVEG to promote on-farm biosecurity and better outcomes for growers, this is the third iteration of the project and has been delivering on-going value. More

Dr Mila Bristow is on the move

January 18, 2023

After two years at Plant Health Australia (PHA) Dr Mila Bristow, General Manager, Partnerships and Innovation, will join Hort Innovation in the newly created role of General Manager, Trade and Biosecurity Research and Development.

PHA promotes a strong and resilient plant biosecurity system built on connected strategies and partnerships and as General Manager, Partnerships and Innovation, Mila has played a pivotal role in brokering industry-led, government-partnered programs for the benefit of the economy, environment and community. More

Board Meeting 109

January 13, 2023

The Plant Health Australia (PHA) Board met Thursday 1 December 2022 at the PHA offices for Board Meeting 109. The meeting had the full attendance of the PHA Board, as well as Chief Executive Officer, Sarah Corcoran, Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary, Michael Milne and Jessica Arnold, National Manager Risk and Resilience. More