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Development of hazard site surveillance programs for forest invasive species: A case study from Brisbane, Australia

Wylie, F.R. and Griffiths, M. and King, J. (2008) Development of hazard site surveillance programs for forest invasive species: A case study from Brisbane, Australia. Australian Forestry, 71 (3). pp. 229-235.

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Abstract

Hazard site surveillance is a system for post-border detection of new pest incursions, targeting sites that are considered potentially at high risk of such introductions. Globalisation, increased volumes of containerised freight and competition for space at domestic ports means that goods are increasingly being first opened at premises some distance from the port of entry, thus dispersing risk away from the main inspection point. Hazard site surveillance acts as a backstop to border control to ensure that new incursions are detected sufficiently early to allow the full range of management options, including eradication and containment, to be considered. This is particularly important for some of the more cryptic forest pests whose presence in a forest often is not discovered until populations are already high and the pest is well established. General requirements for a hazard site surveillance program are discussed using a program developed in Brisbane, Australia, in 2006 as a case study. Some early results from the Brisbane program are presented. In total 67 species and 5757 individuals of wood-boring beetles have been trapped and identified during the program to date. Scolytines are the most abundant taxa, making up 83% of the catch. No new exotics have been trapped but 19 of the species and 60% of all specimens caught are exotics that are already established in Australia.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Additional Information:© Institute of Foresters of Australia.
Keywords:Forest health; hazards; interceptions; native forests; pest management; plantations; quarantine; Queensland; surveillance; trapping.
Subjects:Forestry
Plant pests and diseases > Pest control and treatment of diseases. Plant protection > Inspection. Quarantine
Deposited On:02 Feb 2009 05:12
Last Modified:29 Sep 2010 01:52

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