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Ongoing project

Xylella coordinator (MT17006)

What’s it all about?

This multi-industry and multi-sector investment supports the role and activities of a national Xylella coordinator, through the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI).

Xylella fastidiosa is an exotic bacteria that prevents a plant from feeding by impeding the movement of rising sap. While Australia is currently free from the pathogen, it has the potential to threaten more than 350 commercial, ornamental and native plant species across the country.

The coordinator role includes developing R&D priorities and projects to help protect Australia’s horticulture and wine sectors from Xylella.

The PBRI brings together and helps coordinate the efforts of Australia’s seven plant-focused research and development corporations, with additional involvement from Plant Health Australia, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, industry, state and federal biosecurity stakeholders. You can learn more about the PBRI on its website here.


This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Apple and pear, Avocado, Citrus, Cherry, Dried Grape, Nursery, Olive, Prune, Raspberry and Blackberry, Strawberry, Summerfruit and Table Grape Funds.