The Australian Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity has developed memoranda of understanding with two leading Chinese science agencies and a university to mount joint research programs aimed at curbing losses of grain and other vital crops to insects, fungi and plant diseases.
Australia has been recognised as a world leader in dealing with insect pests in stored grain and has particular skills in developing clean, green approaches to grain hygiene. At the other side, building a greater understanding of the import requirements for Australian produce (as they apply to plant biosecurity) which will assist grains and horticulture industries develop further markets in China.
The cooperation in diagnostics and trials, as well as sharing of technical expertise and models of leadership in Australia and Indonesia are based on a CRC Plant Biosecurity project dealing with "A community based model to manage emergency plant pests" ($1,431,310; cash and in-kind contributions).
A joint conference will be organised by QBOL project, the Dutch Plant Protection Service and the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation in Haarlem (the Netherlands) on 21/25 May 2012.
Speakers at the conference are invited to givel oral or poster presentations regarding diagnostic methods in the different sessions and to contribute to development of a new diagnostic tool using DNA barcoding to identify quarantine organisms in support of plant health.