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CRC60103: Indo Citrus Greening - PhD

This project aims to provide a better community awareness of and engagement in citrus biosecurity management.  

What is the biosecurity problem?

Citrus is an important crop for both large scale industries in developed countries and for small farmers in many developing countries. Successful citrus biosecurity management, especially against citrus greening or huanglongbing (HLB) which is currently regarded as the most destructive diseases in citrus, is therefore dependant on the engagement of the entire stakeholders, including local communities and governments.

Regardless of the advance in technology now available for pest and disease management, the
citrus biosecurity will continue to be vulnerable if local governments and communities do not have a common understanding and closely work together.  

The main outputs of this project are to: 

  • identify policy and community issues regarding citrus biosecurity in the region
  • determine factors involved in policy delivery by local governments and local community engagement in biosecurity management in the region
  • provide new policy directions derived from the capacity based approach to citrus biosecurity management in the region, and
  • produce a PhD graduate with expertise in community management of citrus biosecurity.

Who will be the end-users of your research?

The outcomes of this project will assist local governments and communities in developing a better approach to citrus biosecurity management in particular however, it will also assist biosecurity management in general.


Wayan conducting in-depth interviews with one
of the village heads

Wayan having discussion with farmers in their field

HLB Symptom: Yellowing from the base of fruits


I Wayan Mudita
Student CRC60103: Indo Citrus Greening - PhD

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Professor Ian Falk, Ms Ruth Wallace, and Dr Bronwyn Myers (CDU) and Mr Lachlan Dobson (OrdGuard)
Supervising Institution
Charles Darwin University
August 2008 - August 2011