Brisbane’s International forum: vigilance urged against Xylella fastidiosa

Experts from across the globe have come together on 17–19 May in Brisbane, Australia, to share knowledge and strengthen Australia’s defences against one of the world’s most devastating plant pests, Xylella fastidiosa. The 2017 International forum on Xylella fastidiosa has gathered together skilled experts from France, Italy, New Zealand, Taiwan, the United States, as well as Australian speakers, to share knowledge and experience with this threatening plant pathogen.

The symposium has been strongly desired by the Australian government and supported by funding from the Stronger Biosecurity Quarantine Initiative and the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

In this audio-interview realized by David Coady, for the radio program AM, aired on network, we will hear the opinion of four eminent experts (Dr. Kim Ritman, Australia’s chief plant protection officer, Dr. Donato Boscia, Research Manager at CNR-IPSP, Italy, and Coordinator of POnTE Consortium, Emeritus Professor Alexander Purcell, University of California Berkeley, USA, and Inca Pearce, CEO, Vinehealth Australia) on how agricultural industries can be protected.

The interview broadcasting is available at this link.

Photo courtesy of @DeptAgNews,