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Virtual ADSW 2023 brings surveillance and diagnostic practitioners together

October 23, 2023

The National Implementation Working Group (NIWG), Plant Surveillance Network Working Group (PSNWG), and PHA presented the virtual Annual Diagnostic and Surveillance Workshop (ADSW) 2023 on Friday, 6 October 2023.

Over 130 National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Network (NPBDN) and Plant Surveillance Network Australasia-Pacific (PSNAP) members from across the Australasia-Pacific region joined the two-and a-half-hour online event in what was a great opportunity for engaged surveillance and diagnostic professionals to present and discuss topical issues in the plant biosecurity space. More

Message from the CEO – October 2023

October 23, 2023

Welcome to the fourth quarter of 2023 and another exciting edition of Tendrils!

Late last month, I travelled with our Board to the Northern Territory for Board Meeting (BM) 112 hosted in the offices of the Northern Australia Development Office (NADO) in Darwin. More

The September issue of the Plant Surveillance Network Australasia-Pacific newsletter is out now.

September 26, 2023

The Plant Surveillance Network Australasia-Pacific (PSNAP) allows those working in all aspects of surveillance for plant pests to access and share information. The network was established to strengthen surveillance capacity and capability across the Australasia-Pacific region. More

Annual Diagnostics Workshop and Annual Surveillance Workshop 2024

September 25, 2023

Planning has commenced for the Annual Diagnostics Workshop (ADW) and the Annual Surveillance Workshop (ASW) 2024, which will be held as two separate events during the week of 18 March 2024 at the Twin Towns Conference Centre, 2 Wharf Street, Tweed Heads, NSW 2485. More

Message from the CEO – September 2023

September 19, 2023



Hi, I’m Sarah Corcoran, CEO of Plant Health Australia (PHA).

Welcome to the 200th edition of Tendrils – celebrating 10 years of monthly plant biosecurity news conveniently delivered to your inbox.

The inaugural edition of Tendrils was first published in 2013 – a light edition with only two articles. More

National consultation complete

September 19, 2023

Consultation has continued to inform development of the National Action Plan for Pests of Timber and Trees and its implementation schedule, with two workshops held in Canberra on 25 July and 30 August 2023.

Delivered by Plant Health Australia (PHA) as part of a project funded by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), over 50 people attended across the two workshops from a range of stakeholder groups including government, community, industry, universities and research institutions. More

Improving biosecurity preparedness for the avocado industry

September 19, 2023

Avocados Australia is leading a multi- faceted biosecurity project which aims to improve the biosecurity preparedness of the Australian avocado industry by implementing effective preparedness and prevention strategies and building response capability. More

Boosting the Fall armyworm knowledge bank

September 19, 2023

Australia’s fall armyworm (FAW) knowledge bank has been given a boost through the release of four project reports arising from the latest research and development. Project summaries and the full technical reports are now available to industry, governments and the R&D community through Plant Health Australia’s (PHA) website. More

High-throughput sequencing (HTS) scoping completed

September 19, 2023

High-throughput sequencing (HTS) technologies offer a rapid, reliable and cost-efficient diagnostic platform to identify pests and pathogens in a single test, increasing Australia’s diagnostic capacity, and delivering rapid, more accurate results. More

The importance of PaDIL for diagnostics

September 19, 2023

PHA Project Officer, Evie Kielnhofer, recently met with Pia Scanlon (Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, WA (DPIRD)) and Dr Ken Walker (Museums Victoria) – both of whom are respected, longstanding contributors and supporters of the Pest and Disease Image Library (PaDIL). More