The Modern Diagnostic initiative delivers on government priorities to improve biosecurity surveillance outlined in the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper and the Our North, Our Future: White Paper on Developing Northern Australia (http://industry.gov.au/ONA/WhitePaper/index.html)
Diagnostics underpins Australia’s tropical biosecurity surveillance activity. The Modern Diagnostics initiative will strengthen Australia’s tropical biosecurity diagnostic capability through increasing connectivity between tropical biosecurity diagnosticians, enhancing diagnostic skills and tools across northern Australia, and improving tropical biosecurity infrastructure.
One of the initiatives of the Modern Diagnostics project is the establishment of a tropical plant biosecurity diagnostics network. The network exists within the National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Network and will facilitate technical collaboration and information sharing, whilst assisting in identifying priorities for tropical biosecurity training and diagnostic tool development.
The Modern Diagnostics project aims to develop new targeted diagnostic tools and training to improve diagnostic capability for tropical biosecurity with approximately $250,000 per year for three years available for diagnostic tool development and $250,000 per year for three years available for diagnostic training. Two core streams of focus for tropical diagnostics are plant pathology and entomology, details of each of these projects can be found below.