Plant health and biosecurity for the nursery Industry


This project has addressed the high exposure of the nursery industry to biosecurity risks, which results from its great diversity. The nursery production and supply chain is extremely diverse and relies on moving green life between businesses, often between regions, which can readily spread biosecurity pests.


The project elements include diagnostic systems, industry skill enhancement and resource development for use in nursery businesses.

From project commencement in 2011, staff have conducted 31 industry workshops around Australia on pest and disease recognition. They have also produced 24 fact sheets, four nursery papers, four pest management strategies, contributed descriptions and photos to the industry electronic ID tool for approximately 50 pests, completed four pest contingency plans, provided technical support to industry for emergency plant pest incursions, and processed more than 850 samples over the life of the project through the Grow Help diagnostic service.


With around 10,000 plant cultivars under production, the industry faces a very wide range of exotic pests (insects, mites and pathogens), which could affect productivity, quality and market access.

Project Details

Project Details

Project name: Plant Health, Biosecurity, Risk Management and Capacity Building for the Nursery Industry
Project number: NY11001

John Vatikiotis

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Funding Statement

This project has been funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the Nursery levy and funds from the Australian Government.

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