Forestry Australia is running its first webinar of the year – Science Session: Forest Biosecurity – on February 15 from 12:30 pm to 2 pm (AEDT).
Speakers will discuss different aspect of forest biosecurity. Invasive pests such as insects, weeds and diseases threaten forest health and productivity. To protect forests, it is vital that the risks posed by invasive are minimised and that effective mitigation and response plans are in place.
Dr Madeline Healey, entomologist, University of the Sunshine Cost, will use examples of invasive Australian pests of eucalyptus and acacia and endemic threats. Focusing on several ACIAR-funded projects, she will demonstrate the value of national and regional approaches to forest biosecurity development to mitigate risk and increase preparedness in Australian and global forest settings.
Francisco (Pace) Tovar, AFPA forest biosecurity manager, will present research that enabled the set up the National Forest Pest Surveillance Program. David Smith, forest pathologist and entomologist at Arbor Carbon, will discuss giant pine scale and forest biosecurity.
Registration (inc. GST) Forestry Australia member $10; non-member $50; student members free. Visit www.forestry.org.au