The risks invasive species pose to primary production, environment and human health are significant. The importance of a well-functioning biosecurity system in combatting these risks cannot be overemphasised. The Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA) supports the department’s vital biosecurity activities by providing evidence-based tools, analyses and advice.
The Research & Innovation Team is excited to again bring you regular research webinars showcasing leading researchers from CEBRA working with the department to improve Australia’s biosecurity system. This month we present:
November CEBRA Webinar “Estimating trading partner exposure risk to new pests or diseases”, with Dr James Camac from the University of Melbourne 11:00am – 12:00pm AEDT, Thursday 25 November 2021
Register for our next CEBRA research webinar, via Eventbrite with Dr James Camac, Senior Research Fellow, Biosecurity, Ecology and Climate Change Impacts from the University of Melbourne, current host of the department funded CEBRA.
Have you ever wondered how our trading partners’ exposure risk to new pests or diseases impacts Australia’s biosecurity system? How to develop a strong and efficient biosecurity system while allowing for increased global trade and human movement?
James will discuss how CEBRA and the department analysed integrated border interceptions, trade data, pest occurrence records and climate suitability models to estimate the exposure risk of potential and current trading partners obtaining an established population of a new high threat pest or disease. The research uses brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB; Halyomorpha halys) and Australian interception data as a case study. The department’s research lead for this work, Dr Brian Garms, Director, Grains, Weeds and Contaminants (Biosecurity Plant Division) will join a short Q&A session after James’ presentation.
CEBRA is a long-standing biosecurity research initiative of the Australian and New Zealand Governments and is integral to the department’s response to managing biosecurity risks. Its activities help ensure we are leaders in biosecurity risk management by providing collaborative research that informs a range of regulatory activities – such as risk analysis (assessment, management and communication), the setting of regulatory interventions, inspection activities and surveillance.