Media releases 2015

New directors and chairman for Plant Health Australia

November 2015
Plant Health Australia (PHA) is pleased to welcome three new directors – Dr Joanne Daly, Robert Prince and Steve McCutcheon – following member endorsement at the 15th Plant Health Australia Annual General Meeting in Canberra on Wednesday 25 November. More

Biosecurity award finalist breeds bees keen on housekeeping

2 September
Beekeeper Lindsay Bourke, who owns and runs Australian Honey Products, has bred bees that clean out their brood nest at the whiff of a pest or disease. Lindsay is a finalist for the Plant Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award, sponsored by Plant Health Australia. He manages 3,600 hives for honey production and the pollination of crops in a vital partnership with farmers. More

Finalist cool as a cucumber in the face of virus threat

1 September
Michael Quach from Lake Bennett Hydroponic Cucumbers at Noonamah, Northern Territory, is a finalist for the Plant Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award, sponsored by Plant Health Australia. More

Award finalist recognised for prompt response to citrus disease threat

1 September
Mark Engall, owner and manager of Engall’s Nursery in Dural NSW, is a finalist for the Plant Biosecurity Farmer of the Year Award, sponsored by Plant health Australia. More

Dress rehearsal for grain pest emergency

20 August
In the event of an incursion of an exotic pest of grain crops in Australia, rapid response is vital to limit the spread and minimize the impact on the grains industry and wider community. Much will hinge on the ability to get clear messages out quickly. That ability is precisely what was rehearsed in Melbourne this week when around 40 participants met for the first activity of Exercise Haryana, run by PHA. More

Strengthening biosecurity links with chemical supply chain

24 July
AgNova Technologies is the latest organisation to become an associate member of Plant Health Australia (PHA). Greg Fraser, PHA Executive Director and CEO, welcomed AgNova noting that the PHA partnership is strengthened with each new member. More

Report details the workings of Australia’s plant biosecurity system

17 July
The latest version of the National Plant Biosecurity Status Report was released this week by Plant Health Australia, detailing the pests of concern to plant industries and the environment, as well as the entire system that works to combat them. More

Berry industry signs up to emergency response agreement

8 July
The raspberry and blackberry industry has become the latest plant industry to sign up to the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD), providing certainty for growers in the event of an incursion of a serious exotic pest that affects berries. More

New farm manual gives biosecurity tips for grain growing, grain storage and livestock

4 June
An updated manual providing advice on how grains farmers can boost farm biosecurity measures to protect their enterprise against weeds, pests and diseases has been launched by the Grains Farm Biosecurity Program. The Biosecurity Manual for Grain Producers has new sections on pests of stored grain, how to fumigate silos effectively and how to manage risks posed by livestock and feed. More

Final call to find out what’s in your silo

19 May
Victorian Grains Biosecurity Officer, Jim Moran, wants to visit more farms to collect insects in and around grain storages as part of a major effort to measure stored grain insect resistance.  Jim says that we need to know where resistance exists now to minimise its impact in the future through more informed management strategies. More

Citrus growers given step-by-step orchard biosecurity advice

27 March
Every citrus grower needs to take action to protect their orchards from introducing or spreading weeds, pests and diseases and the new Biosecurity Manual for Citrus Producers, launched last week, explains exactly what to do. More

Exercise Yellow Dragon tests readiness for exotic disease of citrus

12 March
Australia’s readiness for an incursion of the exotic disease of citrus, huanglongbing (HLB) or yellow dragon disease, was boosted this week when Plant Health Australia (PHA) ran Exercise Yellow Dragon over two days.

The exercise simulated an incursion discovered in Sydney of HLB and its insect vector, Asiatic citrus psyllid (ACP), a combination that has caused devastation of citrus crops elsewhere in the world. More

Program to check for citrus diseases launched in Griffith

5 March
At the launch of the program in Griffith, Stuart Pettigrew, Biosecurity Manager for Citrus Australia said that combining the resources of industry and government is giving the best chance of protecting Australian citrus orchards from exotic diseases.

“Industry is supplying the traps for the surveillance program along with some technical and logistical support, NSW DPI is providing the diagnostics and LLS field officers are placing and collecting the traps,” Mr Pettigrew said.

Sunraysia citrus surveillance event

11 February
The Australian citrus industry has joined forces with officers from the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP) to check citrus trees in Sunraysia for the presence of key biosecurity threats.

It’s the first time that the citrus industry and government have worked together in this way to boost protection against serious exotic diseases that could devastate the industry.