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  • Good travel hygiene can reduce exotic grain pest threats
    Biosecurity, 08 Dec 2022
    Good travel hygiene can reduce exotic grain pest threats

    Visiting rural properties or grain industry sites could increase the risk of an exotic disease or pest entering and becoming established in Australia. International travellers arriving in Australia can significantly reduce the risk they pose by taking some basic precautions.

  • Investment in diagnostics pays dividends for grain growers
    Biosecurity, 14 Nov 2022
    Investment in diagnostics pays dividends for grain growers

    The Australian Government and plant-based research and development corporations, including GRDC, have joined forces to develop an all-plant R&D project to train more scientists and develop faster, more-efficient methods of detecting and diagnosing exotic threats. The ‘Boosting Diagnostic Capacity for Plant Production Industries’ project focuses on diagnostics for high priority exotic pests and diseases.

  • Bee surveillance program helps to protect grains industry
    Biosecurity, 28 Oct 2022
    Bee surveillance program helps to protect grains industry

    The National Bee Pest Surveillance Program is an early warning system to detect new incursions of exotic bee pests and pest bees. The surveillance program is important to ensure the health and wellbeing of European honey bees and the honey bee and pollination service industry.

  • Look out for tiny hitchhikers in used sea containers
    Biosecurity, 23 Oct 2022
    Look out for tiny hitchhikers in used sea containers

    Khapra beetle is number two on Australia’s National Priority Plant Pest list and the number-one pest for the grains industry. It is estimated that a widespread incursion could cost Australia $15.5 billion over a period of 20 years.

  • Strong biosecurity underpins grain industry profitability
    Biosecurity, 14 Sep 2022
    Strong biosecurity underpins grain industry profitability

    The September 2022 issue of the GroundCover Supplement focused on plant biosecurity.

  • Protect your farm from hitchhiker pests
    Biosecurity, 04 Sep 2022
    Protect your farm from hitchhiker pests

    The Australian federal government (through the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) places strict requirements on importers to reduce the risk of hitchhiker pests, such as khapra beetle, entering Australia. Yet all parts of the supply chain – including growers – have an important role to play

  • On the biosecurity front line
    Biosecurity, 04 Sep 2022
    On the biosecurity front line

    Grains biosecurity officers are at the forefront of protecting Australia’s $18 billion grains industry by helping growers manage biosecurity risks at a farm and industry level

  • Multi-crop pests tackled on a coordinated front
    Biosecurity, 04 Sep 2022
    Multi-crop pests tackled on a coordinated front

    Through better targeting and coordination of research priorities, members of the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative ensure investment in biosecurity RD&E is efficiently applied against pests that damage multiple crops, such as the fall armyworm, khapra and the brown marmorated stink bug

  • Hygiene and zoning stop pest spread
    Biosecurity, 04 Sep 2022
    Hygiene and zoning stop pest spread

    Help is available to develop a farm biosecurity plan and to apply simple biosecurity practices that reduce the spread of pests and diseases

  • Where to now for wheat blast disease?
    Biosecurity, 04 Sep 2022
    Where to now for wheat blast disease?

    Wheat blast is a devastating disease with limited control options and, while the disease is not found in Australia, it presents a global risk to wheat production and is spreading around the world

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