Trans-Tasman biosecurity alliance

Led by Australia’s Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI) and New Zealand’s Better Border Biosecurity (B3NZ) and cemented by a Memorandum of Understanding between Australia and New Zealand, a new joint initiative will focus on biosecurity Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) efforts at pre-border, border, and post-border stages. The initiative also aims to build capacity to [...]

By |November 27th, 2018|Biosecurity, News|

New fruit fly handbook and website

Get familiar with the diversity of fruit flies worldwide with a new handbook and website that makes identification easier – hopefully aiding in the early detection of exotic pest incursions. Photo: Nick Woods, Plant Health Australia The business of sorting and identifying the thousands of tephritid ‘true’ fruit flies affecting a wide variety [...]

By |October 21st, 2018|Biosecurity, News, Pests, diseases and weeds|

US apple imports to be considered

Apple and Pear Industry Update APAL has been advised that the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will begin an import risk analysis for apples from the Pacific Northwest States (Oregon, Idaho and Washington) of the United States of America in November 2018. This is the result of a direct request by the US Government. [...]

By |October 16th, 2018|Biosecurity, Industry Issues, News|

National Plant Biosecurity Status Report

Australia has a unique ecosystem, which allows for robust and vigorous plant life but also leaves it especially vulnerable to outside threats to stability. To defend against Biosecurity threats, Australia devotes considerable resources to maintain the ecosystem so all Australians can benefit. The report goes into detail about how our daily activities can contribute to [...]

By |July 25th, 2018|Biosecurity, News|

Emergency Plant Pest Response levy update

The Emergency Plant Pest Response (EPPR) levy is in place to enable the funding of the apple and pear industry’s contribution to the cost of eradicating pests and diseases under the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed (EPPRD).  This article aims to provide an update and overview of what specifically the EPPR levy now funds. The [...]

By |June 13th, 2018|Biosecurity, EPPR levy, News|

Tasmania sets out steps to safeguard pest-free status­­

Biosecurity experts from Government, research and industry outlined options and challenges for strengthening biosecurity to protect the state's valuable pest free area status to growers at the annual Fruit Growers Tasmania conference. Fruit coming into Tasmania will come under much greater surveillance as industry and Government work together to ensure the state’s prized pest free [...]

By |May 30th, 2018|Biosecurity, News, Tasmania|

New website for Qfly management

Whether you know a little or a lot about Queensland Fruit Fly,  a new website launched by the SITplus consortium is the essential place to get started on managing horticulture's most economically damaging pest. Release of sterile Queensland Fruit Flies (Qfly) will commence later this year under the SITplus release program to combat recent outbreaks [...]

By |May 30th, 2018|Biosecurity, News, Pests, diseases and weeds|

Another Qfly found in Tas as surveillance continues

The detection of one male Queensland fruit fly in the Launceston suburb Mowbray in the State’s north is of significant concern to Tasmania’s apple and pear growers. The presence of fly in a trap is being investigated by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE), following a report from a member of [...]

By |April 10th, 2018|Biosecurity, News, Pests, diseases and weeds|

Fruit fly challenges for the island state

Mid-January saw news arrive for Tasmanian apple growers that they thought they’d never hear – outbreaks of Queensland fruit fly. Tasmanian apple growers Shane Weeks (lt) and Brett Squibb (rt) are following new protocols to transport their fruit outside the State. From initial reports of detections on Flinders Island in Bass Strait to [...]

By |March 1st, 2018|Biosecurity, News, Pests, diseases and weeds, Tasmania|

Reducing fruit fly risk starts with good hygiene practice

Good farm hygiene practices to reduce the risk of Queensland Fruit Fly (Qfly) are particularly important at harvest, advises Queensland Fruit Fly Regional Coordinator Yarra Valley Bronwyn Koll. Bronwyn said the increased traffic of people on and off and between farms at harvest could contribute to the spread of fruit fly, and outbreaks posed a very real risk to an apple [...]

By |February 21st, 2018|Biosecurity, News, Pests, diseases and weeds|