Aphid system is a winner

AGRICULTURE Victoria’s CropSafe program – which made a rapid response to last year’s Russian wheat aphid (RWA) outbreak poss­ible – has taken out a prestigious Australian Biosecurity award.

CropSafe is an early warning system for the grains industry that partners with more than 180 volunteer agronomists to detect outbreaks of exotic pests and diseases and is delivered by Agriculture Victoria.

At the core of the CropSafe team are Grains Industry Networks Program manager Kellyanne Harris, seasonal risk agronomists Dale Boyd and Dale Grey, research agronomist Frank Henry, plant surveillance senior officer Martin Mebalds and grains pathology services project officer Luise Sigel.

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