MANAGING PESTS and diseases is a constant issue for Australia’s plant industries, and new threats are always on the horizon. Just this year Australia has seen Fall Armyworm spread across the north, and another unwelcome visitor, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, is regularly detected at our borders.
The protection of our $32 billion plant industries is a priority of the highest order, and this provides drive and focus for the collaborative Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative. At the end of its successful first phase PBRI has coordinated 15 national biosecurity projects including investments in preparedness, diagnostics and pest surveillance.
PBRI Program Director Dr Jo Luck said, “PBRI is driving value for industry through collaborative and coordinated activities. Our focus on cross-industry biosecurity issues means we can create leverage and deliver more effective approaches addressing plant biosecurity challenges.