Protecting crops and animals

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.

  • Australian bat lyssavirus

    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.

  • Avian Influenza in Indonesia

    Our team at AAHL is helping track avian influenza in Indonesia using molecular mapping.

    Primary topic: Our global role

  • Fighting Nipah virus

    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.

  • Foot and mouth disease preparedness

    We're working to protect Australia and its neighbours from foot and mouth disease, one of the most serious biosecurity threats facing Australian agriculture.

    Primary topic: Our global role

  • Insect protected cowpeas

    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.

    Primary topic: Food security

  • Partnering to find a solution to Australia’s Qfly problem

    We're working with industry and government to find a solution to Australia's Queensland fruit fly problem.

    Primary topic: Risk and preparedness

  • Protecting wine grapes from mildew

    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.

    Primary topic: Plant science

  • Reducing impact of Atlantic salmon gill disease

    Our scientists are working with Tasmania’s Atlantic salmon growers to prevent amoebic gill disease (AGD) in salmon.

    Primary topic: Diseases in aquaculture

  • Swarm sensing: tiny technology creates a buzz

    Thousands of honey bees have been fitted with tiny sensors as part of a world-first research program to monitor the insects’ movements. The team are working with Brazil’s Vale Institute of Technology to take the technology to the Amazon.

    Primary topic: Risk and preparedness


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