The Horticulture Innovation Australia funded project, "Protecting Australia's citrus industry from biosecurity threats' has now been completed, and preparations are already underway for the next phase of the project.
The project was completed in May 2017 after a final extension period that included collection of more surveillance data. In May, the final survey of three across northern Australia was completed. The three surveys are part of the Australian Government’s $200 million commitment under the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the government’s plan for stronger farmers and a stronger economy.
In related work, Stuart was engaged in early 2017 by Agriculture Victoria to complete surveillance activities as part of their commitment to the National Plant Health Surveillance Programme. Additional work is planned with other industries to build on the experience and skills developed from the citrus programme.