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An audit of forest biosecurity arrangements and preparedness in Australia.

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Mohammed, C., Walshe, T., Wardlaw, T., Stone, C., Beadle, C. and Lawson, S. A. (2011) An audit of forest biosecurity arrangements and preparedness in Australia. Project Report. Forest and Wood Products Australia Ltd.



Current biosecurity arrangements for plantation forestry are poorly defined, at least relative to other plant-based industries. Serious pest and disease outbreaks in forestry are relatively rare events. Preparedness for rare events is difficult. Part of the difficulty stems from the competing views of managers and stakeholders. This project sought to directly capture alternative views concerning the key objectives of plantation forest biosecurity, alternative strategies for achieving those objectives, and ultimately recommend preferred actions that might be broadly supported by stakeholders.

The outcomes from the workshop were used as a basis to draft a list of strategic actions required to improve forest biosecurity in Australia and to be implemented over the next 2-5 years.

Research priorities were identified as research to support cost benefit analyses; investigating the effects of changed environmental conditions on forest biosecurity; pathway analysis for functional pest guilds. Integration of this research within a CRC would also permit the effective development and extension of this research as well as providing training urgently required to maintain forest biosecurity and health expertise.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Funders:Forest and Wood Products Australia.
Projects:FWPA: PNC159-0910
Business groups:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Additional Information:Reproduced with permission. © 2010 Forest & Wood Products Australia Limited.
Keywords:Final Report Forest; biosecurity; insect pests; Australia.
Plant pests and diseases
Live Archive:01 Mar 2012 05:41
Last Modified:28 Nov 2022 03:42

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