Tag: biosecurity

US Apple Growers Gain Access to Australia, Local Farmers Sound Biosecurity Alarm

After over 20 years of lobbying, the United States has been granted permission to export apples to Australia, but local farmers have raised concerns over the biosecurity risks. The decision was made after the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry published its final report for the risk analysis of commercially importing apples from Washington, Oregon,…


The Quarantine of Healthy Populations

Commentary A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles alongside my friend and colleague, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya. A month prior, we had also lectured together also at a conference in Rome (which, alas, was not recorded). Fortunately, the LA talks were—link below. When the COVID-19 pandemic…


Australian Opposition Leader Calls for Border Closure With Indonesia Over Foot and Mouth Threat

With foot and mouth disease now present across 22 provinces in Indonesia and fragments of the virus found in Australia, Australian opposition leader Peter Dutton has joined fellow opposition members of parliament David Littleproud, Karen Andrews, and Barnaby Joyce in calling for Australia to close its border to the southeast Asian nation. However, Prime Minister…


Australia Opens Molecular Lab in Timor-Leste to Combat Exotic Animal Diseases

A portable molecular lab that will be used to detect exotic animal diseases and biosecurity threats has opened in Timor-Leste following a seven-year joint project between Australia and the Timorese government. Created in partnership between Agriculture Victoria and Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the purpose-built lab aims to equip Timorese vets with resources to…


Lord Howe Island Biodiversity Recovery Following Rodent Eradication

The New South Wales government has announced that Lord Howe Island (LHI), home to over 33 threatened species and many critically endangered species have made a great recovery in biodiversity since the eradication of rodents in 2019. James Griffin, New South Wales Minister for the Environment said the population of the endangered LHI woodhens has…


CSIRO to Release Foreign Fungi to Control Coastal Invasive Weed for Penguin Nests

The CSIRO announced that it will be releasing the Venturia paralias fungi to attack the invasive coastal weed called sea spurge that is threatening nesting sites of native Australian little penguins as well as coastal vegetation. “Our research found that the fungus is highly specific towards sea spurge. Based on our results, the fungus was…


The Curious History of Nunn-Lugar and the Former Soviet Republics

Commentary​ Grand treaties were devised during the Cold War between the East and West. These treaties were negotiated with the best of intent (at least on the West’s side) to mitigate the likelihood of any nuclear, chemical, biological, or other, forms of conflict. There were several treaties, including, but not limited to, the Space Treaty,…


Australia Warns About Biosecurity Risks From Chinese Lunar New Year Gifts

With the Lunar New Year, only weeks away on Feb. 1, the Australian Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has reminded Australians to ensure that gifts sent or brought to Australia from overseas do not pose a biosecurity risk. Littleproud said gifts could contain pests and diseases that can seriously impact the nation’s environment, agriculture, and tourism…


6 Tips to Secure Mobile Devices in Your Organization

Mobile technology can be an excellent tool for productivity and convenience, but it also poses security threats. So be aware and watchful. Smartphones are all around us, and people use them for work every day. Mobile technology can be an excellent tool for productivity and convenience, but it also poses security threats. CheckPoint’s Mobile Security…


Mooncakes Can Pose a Biosecurity Risk to Australia: Agriculture Minister

Australian biosecurity officers are checking mooncakes and other gifts from overseas for biosecurity concerns as the Mid-Autumn festival approaches. Agriculture Minister David Littleproud is advising importers and consumers to check the biosecurity rules before finalising gift orders. The fact sheet is also available in Chinese and Vietnamese. “Australia has strict biosecurity conditions to ensure goods…