%0 Generic %D 2009 %T Grains Knowledge Networks %A Taylor, S %A Slattery, J %A Dibley, S %A %X

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:

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:

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.