Providing practical information to help you protect your farm from biosecurity risks

Industry action: on the ground biosecurity specialists

November 6, 2014
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The Citrus Biosecurity Manager is undertaking a surveillance program for the Asiatic citrus psyllid

Some of Australia’s larger plant industries have appointed specialists to provide biosecurity advice and assistance to growers.

They also communicate with others in the supply chain to support regional and interstate biosecurity efforts. In many cases, they are considered ‘the face of biosecurity’ for an industry.

You can contact these biosecurity officers if you need help with any aspect of biosecurity on your farm.

Grains Producers Australia: Grains Biosecurity Officers are employed as part of the Grains Farm Biosecurity Program that began in 2007 with funding from producer levies and governments.

The grains biosecurity officers located within the Department of Primary Industries in five states are currently focussing on the importance of cleaning and pressure testing of silos in preparation for a busy harvesting and storage period for growers.

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Citrus Australia: A part-time Biosecurity Manager, Stuart Pettigrew, was employed during 2013 as part of an industry and HAL funded biosecurity project.

Stuart recently travelled to California and Florida in the USA and saw first-hand the devastation caused to the citrus industry there by huanglongbing and its insect vector, the Asiatic citrus psyllid. The visit motivated him to focus on coordinated surveillance for citrus pests to protect the industry from some of its biggest biosecurity threats.

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AUSVEG: A full-time Biosecurity and Special Projects Coordinator, Jessica Lye, for potatoes and vegetables was appointed in late 2013, with funding from producer levies.

Although Jessica is new to the role, since receiving training in emergency responses she has immediately put it to good use, advising vegetable growers in the Northern Territory affected by or concerned about the Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus and biosecurity measures to use on-farm.

If you have any queries, please email or call and ask for Dr Lye on 03 9882 0277.

As well as providing biosecurity advice to growers, industry biosecurity specialists can advocate on behalf of growers, contribute grower perspectives to industry and governments, and provide direction to future research.