Production nurseries

Greenlife Industry Australia represents the biosecurity interests of the industry. They are members of Plant Health Australia and signatories to the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed. Their responsibilities include:

  • biosecurity planning and implementation at the national and farm levels
  • liaising with federal and state governments on trade issues
  • funding and supporting biosecurity initiatives
  • participating in national committees and response efforts in an emergency.

Industry overview

The nursery industry operates in all states and territories of Australia, being one of the largest and most diverse plant industries in the country. The industry estimates an annual gross production value of approximately $0.9 billion (production nurseries only) will occur in 2021 across the entire supply chain. Greenlife production nurseries supply to ornamental retail, landscape, revegetation, rehabilitation and production horticulture sectors including tree crops (e.g. fruit, berries, vines, tea tree), vegetables, forestry and cut flowers with a combined annual production value of more than $15 billion.

In 2016, Nursery Garden Industry Australia, NGIA (now Greenlife Industry Australia) developed the Australian Plant Production Standard website which is the one-stop shop for industry biosecurity information for growers, including access to pest fact sheets, management plans, videos and an eLearning portal. The industry has consistently guided RD&E levy investment towards plant protection and biosecurity resources both at a strategic national level as well as at a grower level.

In early 2018, Greenlife Industry Australia achieved certification and recognition of BioSecure HACCP as an Approved Biosecurity Scheme under the Biosecurity Act 2014 (Queensland), the first such recognition of a third party certification program in Australia. This was followed by New South Wales providing equivalent certification under the Biosecurity Act 2015 (New South Wales) in late December 2018.

Greenlife Industry Australia continues to work in partnership with state and territory governments on the roll out of BioSecure HACCP, with legal recognition for market access achieved in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia by the end of 2019. This allows certified producers to self-certify consignments of nursery stock for interstate market access and issue BioSecure HACCP Biosecurity Certificates.

The industry continues to build the online electronic plant pest identification resource Pest ID Tool  which combines information and images on endemic and key exotic plant pests that impact on production or trade.

Annual value of production nurseries, 2007–19

Distribution of production nurseries by state and territory, 201–19 (based on LVP)

Production nursery IBPIndustry Biosecurity Plan for the Nursery Industry

Biosecurity planning provides a mechanism for the production nursery industry, government and other relevant stakeholders to assess current biosecurity practices and future biosecurity needs. Planning identifies procedures that can be put in place to reduce the chance of pests reaching our borders or minimise the impact if a pest incursion occurs.

The Industry Biosecurity Plan for the Nursery Industry outlines key threats to the industry, risk mitigation plans, identification and categorisation of exotic pests and contingency plans. For a copy, please contact PHA on 02 6215 7700 or email

Nursery & Garden Biosecurity ManualBiosecurity Manual for the Nursery Production Industry

The Biosecurity Manual for the Nursery Production Industry contains information to help producers to implement biosecurity on-farm. Manuals usually contain an overview of biosecurity, fact sheets to identify the high priority pests of a crop, tips on crop management, and how to manage people, vehicles and equipment to minimise biosecurity risks. Manuals also contain a biosecurity self-assessment list, and templates to record pest surveillance records and visitors.

More information about on-farm biosecurity for both plant and livestock producers is available from the Farm Biosecurity website.

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Exotic pests (not in Australia)

The following is a list of high priority exotic pests of production nurseries. These pests were identified during the development of the Industry Biosecurity Plan for the Nursery Industry in consultation with industry, government and scientists. They have been assessed as high priority pests based on their potential to enter, establish, and spread in Australia (eg environmental factors, host range, vectors) and the cost to industry of control measures.

PHA has a range of fact sheets, contingency plans and diagnostic protocols relevant to these pests. Pest risk review documents are also available for some pests. Please contact PHA on 02 6215 7700 or email for more information.

Common name Scientific name EPPRD Category Fact sheet Contingency plan Diagnostic protocol
Asian citrus psyllid Diaphorina citri 3 FS CP
Bacterial canker Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae (exotic races)
Cotton aphid Aphis gossypii (exotic strains) FS
Giant African snails Achatina fulica and Achatina achatina FSFSCP
Glassy-winged sharpshooter Homalodisca vitripennis FS FS FS FS FS FS FS CP CP DP
Golden apple snail Pomacea canaliculata 2 FS CP
Myrtle rust (exotic strains) Exotic variants of Austropuccinia psidii (taxonomic synonym = Puccinia psidii) CP
Spongy moths Lymantria dispar and Lymantria mathura FS FS FS CP DP
Huanglongbing/citrus greening (Asiatic strain) Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus 2 FS CPDP
Lettuce infectious yellows virus Lettuce infectious yellows virus (Crinivirus) CP
Poinsettia thrips Echinothrips americanus FS CP DP
Serpentine leaf miner Liriomyza huidobrensis FS FS FS FS CP
Silverleaf whitefly Bemisia tabaci (exotic strains) FSFS
Southern red mite Oligonychus ilicis CP
Sudden oak death Phytophthora ramorum 1 FS FS FS CP DP
Tarnished plant bug Lygus lineolaris FS FS FS CP
Whitefly transmitted viruses Includes some viruses belonging to the Geminiviridae and Closterviridae families CP
Xylella fastidiosa Xylella fastidiosa including X. fastidiosa subsp. multiplex and pauca 2 FS FS FS FS FS FS CP CPDP

Other pests

The following is a list of documents for other exotic and endemic pests of production nurseries. Please note that this is not a complete list of pests: rather it includes pests for which documents exist in the Pest Information Document Database.

Some of the documents presented here are not tailored to the production nursery industry and are included for information only.

Common name Scientific name EPPRD Category Fact sheet Contingency plan Diagnostic protocol
African citrus psyllid Trioza erytreae FS
American serpentine leaf miner Liriomyza trifolii FS FS FS CP
Banana spider mite Tetranychus piercei 4 FS FS
Beet pseudo-yellows virus Beet pseudo-yellows virus (Closterovirus) CP
Blue-striped nettle grub Parasa lepida FS
Brown rot Monilinia fructigena 3 FS FS FS
Cassava spider mite Tetranychus truncatus FS
Chrysanthemum stem necrosis virus Chrysanthemum stem necrosis virus (Tospovirus) CP
Citrus longicorn beetle Anoplophora chinensis FS CP
Currant-lettuce aphid Nasonovia ribisnigri FS
Diodia vein chlorosis virus Diodia vein chlorosis virus (Crinivirus) CP
False codling moth Thaumatotibia leucotreta syn Cryptophlebia leucotreta 2 FS CP
Fire blight Erwinia amylovora 2 FS CP
Greenhouse whitefly Trialeurodes vaporariorum FS
Huanglongbing/citrus greening (African strain) Candidatus Liberibacter africanus FS
Huanglongbing/citrus greening (American strain) Candidatus Liberibacter americanus FS
Impatiens necrotic ringspot virus Impatiens necrotic ringspot virus (Tospovirus) CP
Japanese beetle Popillia japonica FS
Mal secco Phoma tracheiphila 3 FS
Melon thrips Thrips palmi FS
Omnivorous leaf roller Platynota stultana FS
Orange tortrix Argyrotaenia citrana syn A. franciscana FS
Pacific spider mite Tetranychus pacificus FS
Pelargonium flower break virus Pelargonium flower break virus (Carmovirus) CP
Plum pox virus Plum pox virus (Potyvirus) 2 FS FS CP
Strawberry latent ringspot virus Strawberry latent ringspot virus (Sadwavirus) FS
Strawberry spider mite Tetranychus turkestani FS
Stubborn Spiroplasma citri FS
Texas root rot Phymatotrichopsis omnivora (syn Phymatotrichum omnivorum) 2 FS FS
Tobacco etch virus Tobacco etch virus (Potyvirus) CP
Tomato black ring virus Tomato black ring virus (Nepovirus) FS
Tomato leaf miner (Liriomyza bryoniae) Liriomyza bryoniae FS CP CP
Tomato ringspot virus Tomato ringspot virus (Nepovirus) FS
Tomato spotted wilt virus Tomato spotted wilt virus (Tospovirus) CP
Tomato yellow leaf curl virus Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (Begomovirus) CP
Vegetable leaf miner Liriomyza sativae 3 FS FS FS FS FS FS CP
Verticillium wilt Verticillium dahliae (exotic defoliating strains) 3 FS
Western flower thrips Frankliniella occidentalis FS
Western plant bug Lygus hesperus FS