first_img Chile opens for Australian almonds … July 30 , 2019 Australia expecting best quality almond crop in a … Australia’s Hort Innovation is funding a new project aimed at building the country’s capability to detect and control Xylella fastidiosa, should it ever enter the country.The harmful bacterium has been dubbed the number one plant biosecurity threat to Australia. It is transmitted by common sap-sucking insects such as spittlebugs and sharpshooters.The impact of Xylella overseas has been catastrophic, infecting more than 200 million citrus trees in Brazil. It has also destroyed one million olive trees in Italy and devastated the Californian grape sector, Hort Innovation said.The pathogen – not yet present in Australia or New Zealand – can cause significant damage to many important crops. These include grapevines, olives, nuts, citrus, stone fruit, blueberries and cherries.In fact, over 500 cultivated and uncultivated herbaceous and woody plant species are known hosts of Xylella.A new collaborative research project managed by Hort Innovation will be led by Dr. Rachel Mann from the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (JPR). It’s additionally supported by Western Australian, NSW and Queensland primary industries and New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries.This collaborative effort ensures labs that currently provide diagnostic capability in Australia and New Zealand are prepared.New project to look at new detection and surveillance methodsHort Innovation research and development manager Dr. Penny Measham said the project was looking at new methods for detection and surveillance. This is being done through the development of innovative diagnostic tools.“Currently, detection is difficult as the pathogen has a long latent period and not all plant hosts exhibit symptoms,” she said. Australia scores improved citrus, carrot access to … center_img “Furthermore, the different strains of X. fastidiosa, classified into subspecies, can behave like different diseases in different hosts.”Measham said the value of subspecies identification was paramount during incursion mode.“Along with international collaboration, the project aims to establish an Australian based X. fastidiosa genome database to assist with design and validation of X. fastidiosa subspecies specific diagnostic tools that are both rapid and accurate,” she said.“The fast turn-around of this information could be the difference between eradication and moving to management of this devastating pest.”Project lead, Dr Rachel Mann, said the current National Diagnostic Protocol (NDP) for Australia is for the detection and identification of Xylella. It is focussed specifically on Pierces disease.“This project will review and adopt the world’s best practice diagnostic methods for the detection and identification of Xylella and it’s subspecies, and ensure diagnosticians are trained and proficient in using the revised National Diagnostic Protocol,” she said.“In the event of a suspect sample being identified, our state diagnostic laboratories will be the first to deal with these samples.”It is therefore essential that the capacity to handle these samples be developed and tested now – not during a potential incursion.Mann said the adoption of the Xylella NDP would be immediate. She said the NDP will be used to screen plant material entering Australia and will also support active surveillance programs.It will also be used during an incursion or during the detection of the exotic vector, the glassy-winged sharpshooter. AUS: Proposed Great Barrier Reef regulations ‘igno … You might also be interested inlast_img

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first_img…as International Centre for Democracy opensFormer President Bharrat Jagdeo has made an appeal to the diaspora in the United States to help Guyana protect its democracy and the separation of powers locally.He has since made a made a direct appeal to the International Center for Democracy (ICD) – on Friday evening at the Russon on the Bay, Cross Bay Boulevard, and Howard Beach, New York where he was invited as guest Speaker.The former Guyanese President was at the time speaking at the launch of the International Centre for Democracy, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) which is seeking to promote and implement programs, sustain and strengthen freedom and democracy, empower vulnerable groups to effectively participate in national and regional development, end hunger and poverty, and establish social justice as non-negotiable national goals and obligations.Former President Bharrat Jagdeo addressing the gathering on Friday evening at the Russon on the Bay, Cross Bay Boulevard, and Howard Beach, New YorkSpeaking to the large gathering of members of the diaspora, the former President appealed for supporters to lobby leaders in the diaspora to guard and safeguard democracy in Guyana.“We have a lot of leaders in the United States… Please use your influence to lobby them to protect democracy in Guyana and in other countries,” according to the Former President.He told those in the diaspora, “I want to ask all to help us in Guyana to build democracy and protect the separation of power… Get involved.”The former President, addressing the launching, used the occasion to also remind of the need for “far-reaching constitutional changes.”According to the former President, “The Ethnic Relations Commission is not functioning.”He has also accused the newly formed Social Cohesion Ministry of being used in a partisan manner, “and dividing our people.”Jagdeo was adamant this Government is only focusing on oil to be the solution for Guyana. But he said, “Oil can be a blessing or a curse… Oil can cause runaway price increase for the poor.” Jagdeo added, “There is no fairness any-more.”last_img

first_imgFort St. John RCMP are searching for an unknown number of suspects after several parking meters were vandalized in the city.Police say that over the past few nights, more than 50 parking meters have been broken and smashed. The majority of the damaged meters are on 100 Ave.- Advertisement -They say it appears that the meters were hit with an object and some of the parking meter tops were actually ripped off.They also say the City is involved in the investigation since it is ultimately responsible for replacing any damaged meters.Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8140.last_img

first_imgThe toll-free number to call if you’re concerned or have question specifically related to a community mailbox system is 1 844 454 3009.Losier says the cost of home delivery for the crown corporation is $298 per address each year – compared to $116 per address each year through the community mailbox system.Losier goes on to explain how a lack of Canada Post staff in the north sometimes results is less than perfect delivery in Fort St. John, however this new format should help mitigate the situation.“One of the things that this is going to enable us to do is really ensure a regular mail service to the area,” says Losier.Advertisement Canada Post spokesperson Anick Losier says this decision to shift into a community mailbox format will affect approximately 5,409 residential and business complexes in the energetic city.“There will be a few, because their volume of mail would not fit in community mailboxes, they will continue to have a different type of service as a commercial customer,” says Losier.If your home or business is part of this shift, you should be expecting an information package any day now, and according to Losier, part of the package is a survey that allows customers to help dictate how these community mailboxes will be implemented.- Advertisement -“The survey for us is a way to better understand each neighbourhood and understand the concerns,” explains Losier.In fact, Losier says Canada Post has set-up a toll-free number for the direct purpose of understanding each individual’s concern.“If somebody in Fort St. John is not sure that they can go to a community mailbox to pick up their mail, whether it’s in the winter time – because you winters start in September – or just throughout the year…there’s a 1 844 number…and they get escalated to an accommodation team who will work with each and everyone of them to find what’s the best solution for you.”Advertisement This measure is also being put in place to offset the chance of Canada Post running a deficit and becoming a burden for taxpayers, as traditional letters had previously accounted for 50 per cent of Canada Post’s revenue – something that has almost become obsolete in the digital era.The community mailbox delivery system has already been implemented for approximately 1 million addresses in 60 different communities across Canada, according to Losier.Loiser say approximately one third of their customers, or 5 million addresses, still receive door-to-door delivery, but their goal is to have a community mailbox system implemented across Canada in the near-future.last_img

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