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Ongoing project

Review of the national biosecurity plan for the cherry industry and development of a biosecurity manual for cherry producers (CY16010)

Key research provider: Plant Health Australia

What’s it all about?

To help the cherry industry remain aware of biosecurity threats, and assist in biosecurity preparedness and capability, this project is…

  • Updating the cherry industry biosecurity plan. This plan is a top-level document that identifies and reviews exotic pest and disease threats to the cherry industry, and provides a strategic framework for industry and government to work together to improve preparedness for and response to these key biosecurity threats.
  • Reviewing the industry’s Orchard Biosecurity Manual. This will provide growers with information on high-priority pests and diseases, and on-farm biosecurity activities that can be implemented.

The current biosecurity documents are available on the Plant Health Australia website here.

This work is part of the Cherry Industry Market Access Program – a high-priority, combined initiative to increase market access for cherries that will provide management practices and evidential support for market-access negotiations.

The project has now worked with industry to review the existing biosecurity plan, undertaking a process of consultation and investigation to help the industry identify its highest-risk threats, based on potential for entry, establishment, spread and economic impact. Among the high-priority threats identified were plum pox virus, brown rot, European canker and a range of insect pests including oriental fruit fly, spotted-wing drosophila, brown-marmorated stink bug and more.

The biosecurity review and planning activities also identified the risk mitigation activities required to reduce these biosecurity threats – including farm-level activities – and has documented available surveillance and diagnostic activities.

This information has been compiled into a new draft Biosecurity Plan for the Cherry Industry document, which at the time of writing was with industry for endorsement ahead of being sent to the Plant Health Committee for government approval. When finalised, the plan will be launched through industry events – so keep a look out.

Work to deliver the grower-specific biosecurity manual is also underway. It is anticipated this guide will have a focus on market access pests.

The project has produced draft ‘threat summary tables’ identifying key threats based on potential for entry, establishment, spread and economic impact. Among these threats are plum pox virus, brown rot, European canker and a range of insect pests. When all sections and drafts for the Biosecurity Plan are completed, the document will be circulated to industry and government for endorsement.

Related levy funds
Details

This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Cherry Fund