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 support the future of plant biosecurity through education and training, and will establish professional development opportunities for postgraduate and post-doctoral students across the two countries.
PBRI program director, Dr Jo Luck, said this partnership was helping to foster collaboration at an international level and avoid duplication of research efforts.
“One of the key components of our success will be building biosecurity awareness and attitudes through stronger partnerships with industry and all levels of government,” she said.
“The collaborative RD&E proposed in this MOU will support the development of new tools to engage growers and the broader community, support business continuity during incursions, and minimise negative social impacts of common biosecurity threats.”
Hort Innovation CEO Matt Brand said Australia and New Zealand both pride themselves on their unique natural environment, high quality produce, and trusted international reputation.
“Both Australia and New Zealand share a common goal of wanting to maintain this reputation and impede the destructive impact that the threat of pest and disease can have on our horticultural industries,” he said.
“Through Hort Innovation’s involvement in the PBRI, we are helping to drive a new era in Australian biosecurity research.”
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