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The buzz about bee biosecurity in Australia

The Australian biosecurity webinar series - EPISODE 13 / 23 NOV 2022

We are keen to engage with you about Australia’s biosecurity system to support our industries, environment and communities.

This webinar series, produced by the Gov Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, covers a range of biosecurity topics, such as Australia’s priority biosecurity risks and how they are being managed, preparedness and response activities, innovation, and collaboration, as well as priorities and challenges for biosecurity.

This webinar will bring together some of Australia's bee biosecurity experts for a deep dive into the world of bee pests and disease, and what we can do to protect our hives.

Danny LeFeuvre, CEO of the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC), will provide a perspective on the honey bee industry, why biosecurity is important to this industry, and how biosecurity activities are funded.

Dr. Jenny Shanks, who's the Manager of Bee Biosecurity and Surveillance at Plant Health Australia, will outline the bee programs aiding bee biosecurity in Australia and the future of bee biosecurity.

Dr. Chris Anderson, Manager of Plant Biosecurity Prevention and Preparedness at the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, led the New South Wales Varroa response and will be detailing how they have responded to the incursion.

The final presenter is Tara Needham. She's a Veterinary Officer with the Avian Biologicals Companion Animal and Dairy from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Tara will discuss the import and export of queen and package bees.

The webinar ends with a series of Q&A with a special guest panellist joining, Gunter Ebert. Gunter is the Director of Biosecurity Report and Response at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

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