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Australia’s $900 million citrus industry could face serious production and market access risks if the industry is not adequately prepared to manage future biosecurity threats. A new five-year national biosecurity program, CitrusWatch, is a collaborative effort that is designed to protect the citrus industry from harmful exotic pests and diseases such as Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri) and huánglóngbìng (HLB).
Plant Health Australia (PHA) has recently revamped three online courses that now offer greater interactivity and designs to enhance the online learning experience.
Introduction of new stock on-farm is the main way that disease may enter a herd, so introducing low-risk stock onto the property with a management plan is the best prevention strategy.
Nursery, fruit and nut tree industries in Western Australia should be on the lookout for the exotic pest, polyphagous shot-hole borer (Euwallacea fornicates) after a recent detection in Fremantle, Perth in August 2021.