Australia: Annual forum to discuss top plant disease risk

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment of Australia has hosted the first online forum with industry and federal and state governments to review the progress of the National Xylella Action Plan 2019-2029.

Head of Biosecurity at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Andrew Tongue, said it was vital that we maintained momentum in our efforts to keep Xylella out of Australia. “Xylella is one of the most significant emerging plant disease threats worldwide, and we are fortunate that it is not present in Australia,” Mr Tongue said.

“Xylella has been identified as Australia’s top National Priority Plant Pest in recognition of its potential to severely affect Australia’s plant industries and environment. The department is determined to help ensure that Australia remains free of bacterial pathogens like Xylella and that we are prepared to respond should the need arise."

Industry and governments around Australia are working together to implement the National Xylella Action Plan and improve Australia’s preparedness.

The National Xylella Action Plan 2019-2029 can be viewed on the department website.

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