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Response: Reduced losses from incursions by harmful pests and diseases.


Reduced economic and social impact from incursions of harmful pests and diseases through new control, risk mitigation and recovery strategies.

Indicators of success


Decreased economic and social cost for future pest and disease eradications and scientific defensibility of market access conditions.


New tools to optimise incursion responses accepted by peers through scientific publication and invitations to present at key meetings, conferences and workshops.


New tools to manage plant biosecurity threats are integrated into response strategies through consultation with end-users.


New procedures for the eradication of plant biosecurity threats are used by end-users. 


Impact Management Research Projects

CRC40005: Rice Blast Dr Ric Cother

Rice blast, caused by Magnaporthe grisea, is generally considered the most important disease of rice worldwide because of its extensive distribution and destructiveness under favourable more

CRC40006: Russian Wheat AphidDr Owain Edwards

This project will improve the level of preparedness for, and the sustainable resistance to, the Russian wheat aphid. it will also assist Australia's grain industry to remain free of Russian wheat more

CRC40016: Pathogen Eradication StrategiesDr Mark Sosnowski

This project will provide alternative eradication strategies for emergency plant pest incursions on perennial crops. It will also reduce economic costs and social impact from emergency plant pest more

CRC40024: Insect Eradication (phase one)Mr Bill Woods

Eradication of arthropod harmful plant pest incursions has often relied on destructive technologies such as crop removal and broad spectrum pesticide application. This strategy incurs a more

CRC40035: Risk management processes for the movement of samples during an emergency plant pest (EPP) incursion

The objective of CRC40035 was to review the process of moving emergency plant pest (EPP) samples during incursion, determine critical control points to manage risks and make recommendations for more

CRC40049: A community based model to manage emergency plant pests (phase one)Prof Ian Falk

This project will develop new policies and strategies to improve the management of emergency plant pest incursions. It will increase community and indigenous participation to identify, prevent and more

CRC40050: Post Entry Quarantine (phase one)Dr Brendan Rodoni

This project developed advanced molecular diagnostic methods and immunological tools for the detection of plant viruses, which can be expediently applied in both post entry quarantine (PEQ) more

CRC40088: Pre-harvest fruit fly Dr Anthony Clarke

The average gross value of Australian Horticulture over the past three years is estimated at over $7 billion per year. Most of this is not consumed close to the source, but is transported to more

CRC40121: Biosecure packaging Ms Barbara Hall

Previously there were no guidelines for people to transport plant, soil and insect samples into and between laboratories. With the move to include harmful pests and diseases in the United more

CRC40136: Insect Eradication (Phase two)Mr Bill Woods

As part of phase two of our Insect Eradication more

CRC40139: Pathogen Eradication Strategies (Phase two)Dr Mark Sosnowski

As part of phase two of our Pathogen Eradication Strategies project, we developed more

CRC40142: Airport ForensicsMs Dominie Wright

Airport Forensics was a joint project with Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). This project defined the plant more

CRC40180: SPHDS Ratification of Protocol for PotyvirusesDr Brendan Rodoni

The recently completed CRCNPB funded project (CRC40135) “Improved Post Entry Quarantine Diagnostics” has developed a diagnostic protocol to detect at least 40 known and unknown more


Ms Jane Moran
Program Leader Impact Management

Phone: 03 9210 9210
Fax: 03 9887 3609

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To undertake research that will minimise the social and economic impact of a harmful pest or disease incursion through the development of management strategies.

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Identification: World-class biosecurity capability for early identification of plant biosecurity threats.


A world-class biosecurity capability for early identification of plant biosecurity incursions in Australia through provision of data, expertise and diagnostic technology that is accurate, sensitive, reliable and cost-effective.

Indicators of success


New diagnostic tools to improve responsiveness to plant biosecurity incursion events.


World recognised protocols for rapid identification of harmful pests and diseases are developed and published in international journals.


Databases and new tools to share diagnostic information are standardised.

Protocols for plant biosecurity threats are developed and submitted to the Subcommittee on Plant Health Diagnostic Standards.


Improved diagnostics transferred to end-users to support monitoring and market access activities.


New diagnostic information (services, protocols and expertise) are accessed by end-users via internet systems.

Diagnostics Research Projects

CRC20004: Karnal Bunt DetectionDr Mui-Keng Tan

This project developed an accurate, reliable and internationally recognised DNA-based protocol to detect Karnal bunt. The methodology was validated by laboratories in Australia and overseas and more

CRC20025: Remote MicroscopesDr John La Salle

Through a web-based remote microscope system, this project will improve the responsiveness to potential incursions by reducing delays in diagnosis, particularly in remote areas. This technology more

CRC20030: Nanobead Diagnostic PlatformDr Andrew Geering
This project focuses on development of nanosensor technology and software for detection of human, animal and plant pathogens that are highly significant biosecurity threats to public health and more
CRC20054: Plant Bacteria PlatformsDr Deborah Hailstones

This project evaluated two of the newer discovery platforms, proteomics and metabolomics, for effectiveness in the identification of functional biomarkers that differentiate closely related more

CRC20055: DNA DatabankDr Andrew Geering

The uses of plant disease and insect collections are numerous but most importantly for taxonomic research and comparative biology. From a biosecurity perspective, these collections allow the more

CRC20057: Phosphine Resistance - Proteomics Peter Campbell

Phosphine is the main fumigant used in Australia to control insect pests in grain storages; both bulk grain handlers and farmers rely on phosphine for the control of insects and more than 80% of more

CRC20080:Phosphine Resistance - MolecularDr David Schlipalius

This project aimed to provide rapid identification of the phosphine resistance status of any individual R. dominica or T. castaneum collected from grain in storage across more

CRC20081: Biosensor-based Detection of Grain PestsDr Alisha Anderson

There is a need to develop technologies that can be used to rapidly detect and quantify pest infestations in bulk grain to assist in the management of these biosecurity threats. This project more

CRC20093: Increasing diagnostic capacity in ThailandDr Gary Kong

Under the WTO there is increasing pressure on countries to comply with agreed sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS) to satisfy trading partners and to access markets. Such SPS conditions more

CRC20115: Resolving the Bactrocera dorsalis ComplexDr Anthony Clarke

Flies belonging to the Oriental Fruit Fly species complex, Bactrocera dorsalis, include a number of serious horticultural pest species which are difficult to identify (i.e. B. more

CRC20137: Khapra Beetle Diagnostics

This project established a National Reference Laboratory for Dermestidae, with particular reference to the genus Trogoderma. The laboratory provides molecular and morphological diagnostic more

CRC27012: National Diagnostic DatabaseDr Gary Kong

This project is developing a mix of digital technologies designed to provide the building blocks of future diagnostic information systems. The more


Dr Deborah Hailstones
Program Leader Diagnostics

Phone: 02 4640 6442
Fax: 02 4640 6300

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To undertake research that will provide rapid identification of plant biosecurity threats in order to decrease the cost of eradication and impacts through rapid response.