The latest go-to guide on how Australia is being protected against plant pests and diseases reveals the tremendous effort being made across the country to sustain our plant industries, unique ecosystems and standards of living.
The 10th edition of the National Plant Biosecurity Status Report was released on 19 July by Plant Health Australia (PHA), the national coordinator of the government-industry partnership for plant biosecurity.
The report details the efforts being made by Australian and state governments, industries, research agencies and the community involved in plant biosecurity. Around 700 projects are being undertaken around Australia, covering pest management, crop improvement, surveillance, diagnostics and the basic biology of pests, crops and other plants to solve challenges affecting our plant industries.
The report identifies the greatest exotic pest threats to plant production, the governance of plant biosecurity in Australia and explains the mechanisms in place, including surveillance and diagnostics, used to maintain the pest status of plant industries.
The report discusses Australia’s plant biosecurity system as three layers of protection, within which specific activities such as the following are undertaken:
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Read the full report here https://www.planthealthaustralia.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Status-Report-2017.pdf