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Insect distributions and sampling protocols for stored commodities

Publication Type  Journal Article
Year of Publication  2011
Authors  Hamilton, G.; Elmouttie, D.
Journal Title  Stewart Postharvest Review
Pages  5
ISSN Number  1945-9656

Grains Knowledge Networks - Final Report

Publication Type  Report
Year of Publication  2010
Authors  Sharyn Taylor, J.S.
Prepared for  Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity
Pages  32
Date  09/2010
Institution  Plant Health Australia
City  Canberra

Grains sampling strategy goes overseas

The Stored Grains Sampling Strategies project team share knowledge abroad.
Dr David Elmouttie taking grains samplesThe Austra

Review of knowledge transfer strategies

Publication Type  Report
Year of Publication  2009
Authors  Sherriff, L.
Prepared for  Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity - Technical Report
Date  June 2009
Institution  Plant Health Australia

National surveillance plan for the Australian grains industry

Publication Type  Report
Year of Publication  2008
Authors  Taylor, S.; Slattery, J.
Prepared for  Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity - Technical Report
Date  December 2008
Institution  Plant Health Australia

New Post-Harvest Biosecurity Laboratory

A new laboratory focused on post-harvest biosecurity was officially opened at Murdoch University on Friday 27 November.

Media Release: 30 November 2009

Harvest puts grains biosecurity under the microscope

With harvest in full-swing across Australian grain-belts, biosecurity may not be the first topic that comes to mind out in the paddock.

Media Release: 25 November 2009

Biosecurity defends key rural industry

CRC researchers are studying genetic codes to learn how insects like the lesser grain borer are developing resistance to the world’s most widely used grain fumigant – phosphine.

Media Release: 30 November 2009


This project will trace all the costs included in transporting grains from farms to the Kwinana region. This will be done through a mathematical model that will also include the possibility of emergence of phosphine resistance through out the grains’ journey.

What is the biosecurity problem?

Emergence of phosphine resistance during transporting or storing of grains.

The main outputs of this project are to:

  • evaluate a new-built surveillance program developed to improve market access for biosecurity research
  • improve industrial decisions based on a new complete surveillance program, and
  • improve Australia’s biosecurity outcomes as a result of a complete surveillance program that could be used to lower the losses result from pest attack.

Who will be the end-users of this research?

Research field, industry, farmers and Western Australia (in terms of increasing its exports).


Mrs Hoda Abougamos
Student CRC60131: Economic Analysis of Surveillance - PhD
Phone: 0864884633

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Dr Ben White (University of Western Australia) and Dr Ern Kostas (Co-operative Bulk Handling Limited)
Supervising Institution
University of Western Australia
January 2009 - December 2011


This project aimed to develop an effective knowledge exchange strategy for the grains industry to improve its phosphine insect resistance management outcomes through identification of the methods in which information is delivered and exchanged through the grains supply chain.

Research outcomes

  • Identification and evaluation of the networks that exist within the grains industry for the delivery and exchange of information relating to improved grain storage practices and limiting the development of phosphine resistance in insects of stored grain.
  • Establishment of mechanisms to deliver this information through co-funding of Grains Biosecurity Officers.
  • Identification of economic factors that influence phosphine resistance management practices.

Research implications 

Better methods for exchange of information will raise awareness of the issue of phosphine resistance and commence a gradual improvement in practice amongst all parts of the grains supply chain. 


PHA wishes to acknowledge the Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity (CRCNPB) for supporting this project.

PHA also acknowledges the contribution of the Bureau of Rural Sciences who were contracted by PHA to undertake the ‘Social networks for phosphine resistance management in the stored grains industry’ survey, the Grains Biosecurity Officers in each state who implemented the management practices and to all stakeholders involved in the consultation process and who contributed to this project.


Dr Sharyn Taylor
Project Leader CRC70096: Grain Knowledge Networks
Phone: 02 6215 7700
Fax: 02 6260 4321

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September 2008 – September 2010
$580,000 (cash and in-kind support)