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Grains Knowledge Networks

Publication Type  Presentation
Year of Publication  2009
Authors  Taylor, S.; Slattery, J.; Dibley, S.
Meeting Name  

CRCNPB 2009 Science Exchange

Meeting Start Date  

22 - 24 September 2009

Meeting Location  

Sunshine Coast


The Grains Knowledge Networks (GKN) project is a multi-disciplinary project with its major aim being the development of an effective knowledge exchange strategy to reduce the development of phosphine resistance in insects of stored grain. Evaluation and development of knowledge exchange networks will ensure that new messages and practices can be easily and rapidly adopted by the industry.

This project is made up of three main components:

  • the identification and evaluation of networks that exist within the grains industry for the delivery and exchange of information
  • identification of mechanisms to deliver this information, and
  • identification of economic factors that influence phosphine resistance management practices.

Understanding the process and development of an effective knowledge exchange strategy is complex and for this reason a number of review documents and strategies are being developed by the project team including:

  • ‘Review of knowledge transfer strategies’ – The first step in the development of an effective knowledge exchange strategy is evaluation of the process of transferring knowledge from the holder to the user. This document reports on a change management model looking at the types of extension activities and impact of each on intended levels of change. Practice change will happen when knowledge of past extension activities are combined with current stakeholder issues.
  • ‘Communication plan for management of phosphine resistance’ – This document provides an outline of communication activities to be undertaken during this project. Activities undertaken within the GKN project will link closely with delivery of information through the Grains On-farm Biosecurity Program, the Grains Research and Development Corporation Grains Storage Extension project and other grain storage projects operating in the CRCNPB.
  • The GKN project has assisted with finalisation of the ‘Strategy to manage resistance to phosphine in the Australian Grain Industry’ – This document was developed in consultation with industry and contains recommended practices for fumigations with phosphine in specific storage types (e.g. small and large scale sealable storages, bulkheads, bunkers).

Based on the recommendations provided by the ‘Strategy to manage resistance to phosphine in the Australian Grain Industry’, an end-user benefit-cost analysis was undertaken that provides insight into factors involved in decisions behind phosphine management practices. This tool was designed to be used to assist at the time of purchase of a new silo and compares sealed vs. unsealed and aerated, as well as chemical costs and installation costs. As part of the GKN project, key messages will be promoted to industry using Grains Biosecurity Officers in Western Australia, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia. These officers will serve as a mechanism for the delivery of future knowledge exchange and stakeholder engagement within the grain industry.

The GKN project, together with the national Grains On-farm Biosecurity Program (and Grains Biosecurity Officers) operate within Biosecurity Planning and Implementation Program at Plant Health Australia.


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