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Improving plant pest management through cross industry deployment of smart sensors, diagnostics and forecasting

Plant pest surveillance is an important component of the biosecurity system, allowing early detection of exotic pests, reduction in the spread of pests, improved pest management, and identification of high-risk pathways and high-risk areas to focus future surveillance efforts. Quality surveillance data is vitally important to maintain market access for produce, both interstate and overseas. In addition, general surveillance programs raise awareness about pests.

This project will develop a mobile, cross‐industry plant pest surveillance network to monitor and report the presence of pests that threaten major agricultural sectors across Australia, including the grains, cotton, sugar, horticulture, wine and forestry industries. It will underpin existing surveillance initiatives and provide a foundation for a nation-wide surveillance network.

Project date

22 Jun 2017-20 May 2022

Principal investigator

Harjeet Khanna

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Sugar Research Australia (SRA)

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  • Location

    Australia wide

  • Organisation type

    Research funding body, Research service providers

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