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eScience. Species for sale: Globalisation and the management of exotic imports

The work of Associate Professor Phill Cassey has been featured in the May 2014 eScience magazine. In the feature Phill Cassey explores how science is improving our biosurveillance efforts. “Biological invasions are one of the many negative consequences of human-caused global change. The introduction and establishment of invasive species (animal pests, weeds, and diseases) around […]

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Quenching the curiosity of everyday Australians.

Environment Institute members Corey Bradshaw and Barry Brook were part of a hand-picked group of 27 academic experts and science writers from across Australia who contributed to a very interesting publication released late last year by the Chief Scientist of Australia. The book, available for download as a pdf or to e-readers is entitled “The […]

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Podcast for David Lodge seminar now available.

The podcast from the seminar by David Lodge Prevention is better than the cure: Research priorities for global biosecurity is now available. Professor Lodge is one of the world’s leading researchers working in global change biology and invasion ecology. With expertise in land-water links, invasive species, and environmental policy, his research critically examines how our […]

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Biosecurity: Climate change and environmental uncertainty

Climate change, extreme weather events and increasing habitat modification are acting together to have a detrimental effect on the range and spread of animal pests, weeds and pathogens in Australia. Coupled with this, increasing human population size, shifting demographics and changing land-use is straining the environment. This pressure complicates pest management and dramatically increases the […]

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Biosecurity: Embracing new technologies in biosurveillance

Recent growth in Australia’s trade and tourism requires that the country must investigate and potentially utilize a wide variety of new technologies available in biosurveillance and biosecurity. As a consequence of the considerable growth in imports, cost-effective technologies used for inspecting containers and other import risks, that will realistically protect the environment, are urgently required. […]

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Biosecurity: Analysing Australia’s current and future biosecurity landscape

Higher-risk importers and exporters, and their products, are amongst a collection of biosecurity concerns that need to be targeted to ensure high levels of biosecurity continue in Australia. Recent reviews of Australian biosecurity have argued strongly that current security systems, including quarantine inspection, are more efficient and effective if they target potentially high-risk importers and […]

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