Population growth, increased trade and passenger volume, and increasing imports from a number of countries are increasing biosecurity risk despite Australia’s geographical isolation. The Australian vegetable industry’s response to this increased risk includes investment in planning programs which build resilience to exotic pest and disease incursion.
Biosecurity planning provides a mechanism for the vegetable industry, government and other relevant stakeholders to actively determine pests of highest priority, analyse the risks they pose and put in place procedures to reduce the chance of pests becoming established - and to minimise the impact if a pest incursion occurs.
Risk minimisation and effective threat response procedures are vital for the future sustainability and viability of the Australian vegetable industry. Through pre-emptive planning, the industry will be better placed to maintain domestic and international trade, negotiate access to new overseas markets, and reduce the social and economic costs of pest and disease incursion on growers and the wider community.
- Vegetable and Potato Biosecurity Program - Memorandum of Understanding between Plant Health Australia Ltd and AUSVEG Ltd
- RD&E Program for control, eradication and preparedness for Vegetable Leafminer
Crop ProtectionTo best understand the needs of growers, communication is key.
Minor use is the permit system in Australia which allows for approved off-label use of agrichemicals for specific purposes. It is designed to assist minor crops gain greater access to agrichemicals when needed, and for approved minor use of agrichemicals on major crops.
Minor use is important because it plays an integral role in the Australian vegetable industry as on-label options are often limited for many vegetable crops, especially in the case of emerging crops grown for niche markets.
Strategic Agrichemical Review Process
To best understand the needs of vegetable growers, documents which represent current requirements are needed. The following Strategic Agrichemical Review Process (SARP) documents were produced with collaboration from growers across Australia.
Current vegetable SARP documents
- Beans and peas - 14 March 2014
- Beetroot - 10 February 2014
- Brassica leafy - 4 February 2014
- Brassica V2 - 15 February 2014
- Carrot - 5 February 2014
- Celery - 20 January 2014
- Cucumber - 15 February 2014
- Eggplant - 10 February 2014
- Leek - 15 February 2014
- Lettuce - 15 February 2014
- Parsley - 10 March 2014
- Peppers - 10 March 2014
- Silverbeet and spinach - 15 February 2014
- Snow and sugar snap peas- 18 February 2014
- Spring onion and shallot - 14 March 2014
- Sweet corn - 14 March 2014
- Sweetpotato - 14 March 2014
- Zucchini - 14 March 2014
- VG16060 – Vegetable Agrichemical Pest Management Needs and Priorities
Project OfficersDr Jessica Lye | National Manager – Science & Extension
Dr Jessica Lye joined the AUSVEG team in August 2014. She holds the position of National Manager – Science & Extension. Jessica manages the National Vegetable and Potato Biosecurity Program, as well as the scientific team at AUSVEG.
Jessica joined AUSVEG after several years in scientific research and brings strong academic credentials, having completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours at Monash University before completing a PhD in Molecular Genetics in 2013. Jessica also has 10 years of experience in science communication, adult education, public speaking and engagement.Callum Fletcher | Biosecurity Coordinator
Callum Fletcher joined AUSVEG in 2016. He holds the position of Biosecurity Coordinator. Callum is a Masters graduate with strong research, organisational and analytical skills. His skills include insect taxonomy and the plant pathology of a range of various crop host types including cereals, potatoes and vegetables. He has specialist knowledge of many areas of the ZC complex, including morphological diagnostics of the TPP.Madeleine Quirk | Biosecurity Officer
Madeleine Quirk joined AUSVEG in 2016. She holds the position of Biosecurity Officer.