Scanning technologies for horticultural packhouses
This project aimed to accumulate relevant knowledge about the potential of in-line scanning technology to detect market access pest and disease organisms. This knowledge will help provide additional confidence that Australian produce going to export markets is free from biosecurity risks.
Published scientific and industry literature on relevant scanning technologies was searched and summarised. A list of target market access pests and diseases of concern in Australia was compiled and information collected and summarised as to the use, or potential use, of in-line technology for detection purposes. A questionnaire survey and direct consultations were undertaken across a wide range of industry representatives, packhouse operators and packhouse equipment suppliers. Alternative statistical modalities, available with in-line scanning technologies, were studied to determine the likely biosecurity risk probabilities compared with current standard methods.