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Across Australia, extreme weather comes and goes with the seasons. Fires, flood, droughts and storms have formed part of the short- and long-term cycles of weather on this continent forever.
Area-wide management (AWM) is a proven way of managing pests, including Queensland fruit fly, the single most important pest of fruits and vegetables in Australia. A set of guidelines has been developed by Hort Frontiers to help you get started with AWM for Queensland fruit fly, and the opportunities to use sterile insect technique (SIT) once pest numbers are down and sterile flies become available for purchase*.
The Honey Bee Health Survey of 2018 was designed to provide a snapshot of bee health in the Australian honey bee industry. One thing that came from the results is that of the 40 percent of hobby beekeepers who reported losing hives, most were lost due to pests and diseases, followed by overwintering and queen loss.
While the movement of livestock is the most likely pathway for spreading animal diseases and pests and weeds throughout Australia, people, vehicles and equipment can also act as vectors for many endemic and exotic biosecurity threats.
With the recent announcement by the Queensland Government that accredited lay people will be permitted to provide pregnancy testing services to the cattle industry, Animal Health Australia (AHA) are reminding livestock producers to be aware of the biosecurity risks when dealing with consultants and service providers who may be travelling from property to property for their work.
There’s no denying that the reduction of food waste is important for environmental and sustainability factors, which has seen an increase in consumer demand and corporate responsibility to implement programs to minimise food waste.