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The February issue of the National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Network’s e-newsletter is out now.

February 26, 2024

The National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Network (NPBDN) helps Australian plant diagnosticians succeed together by working collaboratively to navigate biosecurity challenges.

The February issue of their bi-monthly newsletter has just been published, read it now via the link below. More

PHA releases FMD quick guide for mixed producers

February 22, 2024

Although Australia is currently free from foot and mouth disease (FMD), it is considered one of the country’s greatest biosecurity risks and an incursion would have significant consequences for animal health and trade.

In 2022, FMD was detected in Indonesia and the disease was declared endemic in 2023, which indicates a long-term effort to prevent a devastating incursion from our closest neighbour. More

Healthy honey bees support the melon industry

February 22, 2024

Healthy bees play a vital role in Australia’s $172.9M melon industry, with cross-pollination a valuable contributor to crop produce. Watermelon, rockmelon and honeydew melon are commonly grown in Australia and are all dependent on insect pollination to produce large evenly shaped fruit. More

CitrusWatch planning meeting 2024: Navigating the future

February 22, 2024

Representatives from Plant Health Australia (PHA), Citrus Australia, and the NT Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade came together for a planning meeting in January 2024 to discuss key priorities and support delivery of the CitrusWatch program over the next 12 months and beyond. More

PHA joins QLD Biosecurity Ambassador Program Selection Panel

February 22, 2024

Dr Lucy Tran-Nguyen, Plant Health Australia’s General Manager, Partnerships and Innovation, will join the selection panel for the Queensland Biosecurity Mates Ambassador Program to appoint local biosecurity champions.

The program aims to create a collective of committed representatives, across a range of sectors, focused on educating, advocating, and supporting measures to enhance Queensland’s biosecurity resilience and preparedness. More

Know what’s best when looking out for pests

February 22, 2024

Plant Health Australia’s Growers Pest Reporting and Responses Biosecurity Online Training (BOLT) course is a free resource for growers, farm managers and farm workers to learn more about plant biosecurity, helping growers protect their production systems and livelihood by implementing biosecurity systems and processes on-farm. More

Upcoming Nationally Integrated Surveillance System for Plant Pests (NISSPP) workshop

February 22, 2024

Plant Health Australia (PHA) will be hosting a two-day workshop in Melbourne from 13 – 14 March 2024 to finalise activities in the Nationally Integrated Surveillance System for Plant Pests (NISSPP) project.

The workshop will present findings from the previous consultation process undertaken with PHA Members. More

Programs released for ASW and ADW 2024

February 22, 2024

The programs for the Annual Diagnostic Workshop (ADW) and Annual Surveillance Workshop (ASW) 2024 are now available, and jam-packed featuring plant surveillance and diagnostic experts from around the Australasia-Pacific region.

  • ADW 2024: 19 – 20 March 2024.

Message from the CEO – February 2024

February 22, 2024

We are only eight weeks into the new year and 2024 has already presented quite a few opportunities for us to highlight PHA’s role in the plant biosecurity system and how our multi-faceted work strengthens the system for the benefit of the economy, environment and community. More

National Bee Pest Surveillance Program activities

February 12, 2024

The National Bee Pest Surveillance Program (NBPSP) is a risk-based program undertaking surveillance at ports that have been evaluated as the highest risk of entry and establishment of European or Asian honey bees and the exotic bee mites they carry. More