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Plant Biosecurity CRC

Plant biosecurity roadshow flies to QLD

The latest technologies in biosecurity surveillance, new gene-based diagnostic tools for plant pests and diseases, and community engagement on biosecurity issues are just some of the topics being discussed by scientists tomorrow in Brisbane.

The Plant Biosecurity CRC will host a full day State Science Exchange (State SX), delivering PBCRC research directly to those that will use it.

The State SX brings PBCRC research teams together with state government biosecurity policy, programs and regulatory staff, as well as interested industry representatives.

The program has been developed in collaboration with the Queensland Government to ensure it addresses priority biosecurity issues, such as using drones for surveillance, assessing biosecurity risks before they reach the border, and optimising shipping inspections.

Read the full program for the day.

“The confirmation of Panama disease Tropical Race 4 (TR4) on a third Tully Valley farm last week illustrates perfectly the importance of biosecurity to Queensland,” said Dr Michael Robinson, CEO of the Plant Biosecurity CRC.

“TR4 is devastating for the grower involved, the industry and the whole community. A major focus of Plant Biosecurity CRC research has been developing tools to involve the community more in managing biosecurity risks.

“Over the past six years, the Plant Biosecurity CRC has worked closely with Queensland Government researchers to develop new tools, technologies and knowledge to underpin biosecurity operations in the state and provide better prevention, detection and eradication measures.”

“Science is the currency of biosecurity and ensuring our research is in the hands of end-users is an important part of the CRC’s role.”

Tomorrow’s event is part of the lead up to the Plant Biosecurity CRC National Science Exchange, the final delivery event and celebration for the organisation, to be held in Melbourne, Victoria from 29-31 May 2018.

“The State SX is one of many methods we are using to deliver the research directly to those that will use it best, with the dual benefits of improved production and market access ultimately going to Australian producers and consumers.”

The State SX roadshow schedule is:

·         Perth, Western Australia (6 February)

·         Adelaide, South Australia (7 February)

·         Sydney, New South Wales (14 February)

·         Brisbane, Queensland (15 February)

Dr Michael Robinson is available for interview.

Media contact: Tony Steeper, PBCRC: 0417 697 470, t.steeper@pbcrc.com.au

More info: www.pbcrc.com.au/  @PBCRC
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