We're working hard to protect Australia's thriving agricultural industry from a range of threats, including avian influenza, Foot and Mouth Disease and depleted world bee populations.
In 1996, a new virus was discovered in Australian bats. Identified as a lyssavirus, this virus is a close relative of the common rabies virus found overseas.
Our global role
Our team at AAHL is helping track avian influenza in Indonesia using molecular mapping.
In 1998-99 an outbreak of a new virus, now called the Nipah virus, killed more than 100 people and thousands of pigs in Malaysia. Our scientists were part of the international task force to tackle the virus and later participated in vaccine evaluation.
Our global role
We're working to protect Australia and its neighbours from foot and mouth disease, one of the most serious biosecurity threats facing Australian agriculture.
Food security and global farming
We are part of a global project to improve cowpea production in Africa and are making progress towards incorporating ‘built-in’ insect pest protection that could help to reduce food shortages in the region.
Biosecurity risk and preparedness
We're working with industry and government to find a solution to Australia's Queensland fruit fly problem.
A better understanding of how plants resist attack by fungal and oomycete pathogens, and the successful introduction of durable and effective resistance genes into grapevines, will lead to increases in productivity and quality through a reduction in the dependence on chemical inputs for disease control.
Fighting aquatic animal diseases
Our scientists are working with Tasmania’s Atlantic salmon growers to prevent amoebic gill disease (AGD) in salmon.