Pressure on Australia's biosecurity system leads to calls for reform

Over the past decade, plant bio-security research funding and management in Australia has been undertaken by the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (PBCRC) but this structure is set to expire in 2018. If it’s not replaced, high impact and critical research, development and extension projects could cease, and Australia’s grain and horticulture industries would be left exposed to damaging diseases and pests like Karnal Bunt, Citrus Greening and Panama disease. There are now calls to establish a new stand alone corporation for managing Australia’s bio-security concerns. Read here for more details.

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