Good post-harvest hygiene essential to limit fruit fly

This article has been supplied by the Goulburn Murray Valley Regional Fruit Fly Project. Grower Adrian Conti mulches fallen fruit at his Cobram orchard.   Prioritising post-harvest hygiene strategies over Autumn is critical in protecting next season’s crops from Queensland Fruit Fly (Qfly) and other pests. Effective post-harvest hygiene ensures fruit fly eggs, [...]

Recent detections of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

United States Department of Agriculture photo by Stephen Ausmus. Australia is facing an increasing threat from one of the world’s most invasive pests. Six post-border detections have occurred in the current BMSB season (September to April) across Queensland, Victoria, and Western Australia on a variety of imported cargo, from terracotta pots to tractors [...]

By |January 29th, 2019|Biosecurity, News, Pests, diseases and weeds|

Northern Tasmania declared fruit fly free

Northern Tasmania was officially reinstated as a Pest Free Area today, re-opening the door to domestic trade. Fruit Growers’ Tasmania, CEO, Stuart Burgess welcomed the positive news and thanked Tasmanian growers impacted by the exclusion zone. “There have been no fruit flies detected in Northern Tasmania over the past six months thanks to a collaborative [...]

By |January 9th, 2019|Biosecurity, Exporting, News|

East-West Collaboration Tackles Costly Pest

Fruit flies cost Western Australia’s horticulture industry $10.2 million per annum in lost production and control measures so it’s little wonder scientists, growers and government are investing heavily to tackle the pest once and for all. Recently invited to view WA’s Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) facilities in Perth and Carnarvon, Victorian Goulburn Murray Valley Regional [...]

By |December 12th, 2018|Biosecurity, News, Pests, diseases and weeds|

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|