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Enhancing surveillance for exotic stored pests in the Australian grains industry using a partnership approach with industry and government

Bellati, J., Taylor-Hukins, R. and McIntyre, K. (2018) Enhancing surveillance for exotic stored pests in the Australian grains industry using a partnership approach with industry and government. In: 12th International Working Conference on Stored Product Protection (IWCSPP), October 7-11, 2018, Quedlinburg.

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Abstract

Verifying freedom from exotic pests such as Khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium) & Karnal Bunt (Tilletia indica) is critical to supporting & maintaining access for Australian grain producers to international markets. Despite Australia's geographical isolation & strong quarantine systems, increasing levels of travel & trade continues to place pressure on our biosecurity systems, emphasising the need for improving our regional efforts in prevention, preparedness & surveillance to mitigate risks. The Australian Grains Farm Biosecurity Program (GFBP) is a national initiative to assist in the development & implementation of improved biosecurity practice, playing a vital role in the education of exotic pests & the role of surveillance by industry. The GFBP has undertaken a targeted surveillance program for stored product pests, with Khapra beetle as the main focus. A range of sites based on potential risk groups & pathways (e.g. farming enterprises, seed distributors & agricultural stores) were targeted, with different approaches used across the three grain growing regions of Australia depending on State activities & pre-existing collaborators. All regions used a combination of pheromone traps & other sampling methods appropriate for host materials & environment. The surveillance is aimed at strengthening evidence of absence, building industry knowledge & participation in grain storage surveillance & promoting improved management practices around storage. These regionally specific engagement methods & surveillance efforts are discussed. Australia remains free of Khapra beetle.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Keywords:grains biosecurity, exotic pest surveillance, on-farm storage and hygiene, risk mitigation practices
Subjects:Plant culture > Harvesting, curing, storage
Plant culture > Field crops > Grain. Cereals
Plant pests and diseases > Pest control and treatment of diseases. Plant protection
Plant pests and diseases > Pest control and treatment of diseases. Plant protection > Inspection. Quarantine
Deposited On:10 Dec 2020 01:44
Last Modified:10 Dec 2020 01:44

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