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Detection: More effective national surveillance systems.


A more effective national surveillance system based on scientifically sound sampling tools and survey methodologies. 

Indicators of success


Deployment of new monitoring applications to enhance scientific defensibility of market access for stored grains.


Surveillance tools developed and peer reviewed through scientific publication and invitations to present at key meetings, conferences and workshops.


New surveillance tools and procedures are used by end-users to support market access outcomes.


Tools and standardised procedures are delivered to end-users through training.


New tools (statistical tools, automated traps, Personalised Digital Assistants) are used by end-users to enhance existing surveillance processes.

Surveillance Research Projects

CRC30009: Grains Surveillance StrategyDr Sharyn Taylor

This project improved the preparedness of Australia's grain industry for incursions of Emergency Plant Pests (EPPs) by developing a national surveillance plan to support market access and provide more

CRC30014: PDA-Assisted Surveillance (phase one)Mr Robert Emery

There are increasing international concerns about food quality and safety. Import requirements are becoming more demanding and exporters including Australia now need not only to declare they are more

CRC30015: Hyperspectral Pathogen DetectionMs Alison Mackie

The project will provide improved surveillance tools for rapid, widespread detection of plant pathogens in crops and native vegetation by producing a library of unique spectral signatures that more

CRC30022: Female Lures: Fruit Fly TrappingDr Katina Lindhout

This project developed female fruit fly lures to improve pest surveillance technology. These will aid in the detection and control of fruit fly species not attracted to the currently deployed more

CRC30023: Smart Trap Scoping StudyDr Louise Morin

Biosecurity insect trapping programs in Australia use low-cost or disposable units which are inspected on a weekly or fortnightly basis, and re-lured or replaced monthly or quarterly. Inspectors more

CRC30032: Flying Spore Traps Felipe Gonzalez

This project was a scoping study to determine the potential of using an unmanned aerial vehicle, fitted with a spore trap, to detect and monitor spores of plant pathogens. The aim was to develop a more

CRC30039: Fruit Fly Area FreedomDr Francis De Lima

This project developed a dynamic, strategic trapping system which provides a similar or higher level of confidence as current static, passive grid systems in areas free from Queensland and more

CRC30062: AIMSMr Robert Emery

The aim of this project is to develop a rapid and customised (for Australia) internet web crawler which will detect organisations who would intend to market via the internet, regulated organisms more

CRC30064: Resistance management of stored grain insects in the southern regionDr Joanne Holloway

Resistance in grain storage insects to chemical treatments continues to be a problem throughout the southern region. Regional surveys have detected new sites of strong phosphine resistance, with more

CRC30065: Resistance monitoring and management of stored grain insects in the northern regionDr Manoj Nayak

A range of grain storage pests including beetles, psocids, moths and mites habitually threaten the food safety, market access, trade and the overall profitability and sustainability more

CRC30086: Stored Grains Sampling StrategiesDr Grant Hamilton

This project developed flexible and statistically robust systems to calibrate and improve sampling strategies where required for the detection of post-harvest grain storage pests, and for more

CRC30133: Urban surveillance

There are two important reasons why pests including Emergency Plant Pests (EPPs) can become established in urban areas and spread to nearby horticultural or agricultural areas. First, urban more


To undertake research that will develop technically sound sample/survey methodologies and systems to enhance the ability to capture a wide range of plant health information in an accurate and cost-effective manner both domestically and internationally.