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Message from the CEO

February 28, 2023

Welcome to the second edition of Tendrils for 2023.

Agrifood tech innovation and biosecurity work hand-in-hand to increase productivity and strengthen food safety to ensure produce moves safely from the farm-to-the fork. Together these elements enhance our ability to build a strong biosecurity system and ensure food security. More

A nationally integrated surveillance system

February 28, 2023

Australia’s current surveillance system is facing significant challenges created by growing levels of trade, changing product pathways, agricultural expansion and intensification, an increase of urbanisation close to crop production areas, and climate change. More

Scoping a centralised HTS database

February 28, 2023

Australia has an increasing need for fast and accurate identification of plant pests. High Throughput Sequencing (HTS), also known as next-generation sequencing or deep sequencing, is a significant new method in plant health diagnostics.

HTS generates massive datasets, and the increasing amount of data being generated on pests and pathogens of plants has emphasised the need for a secure, centralised platform that allows the submission, sharing and analysis of standardised HTS data. More

National Action Plan Workshops for Timber and Tree Pests

February 28, 2023

PHA is delivering a series of workshops starting in Perth on 22 February 2023 to help develop a National Action Plan for Pests of Timber and Trees.

The first tranche of workshops will be delivered at multiple locations around Australia to discuss key issues and identify specific actions to address pests of timber and trees. More

CitrusWatch bolsters industry biosecurity capacity

February 28, 2023

The Australian citrus industry is a large and vibrant horticultural industry, with over 28,000 hectares of citrus planted by approximately 1,400 growers . This industry provides significant value to rural communities and the wider economy, and without adequate preparedness future biosecurity threats pose serious risks to the $942 million industry. More