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iMapPESTS: Sentinel Surveillance for Agriculture

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The cross-industry R&D program, iMapPESTS: Sentinel Surveillance for Agriculture, brings together Australia’s plant RDCs (including CRDC), to research and develop a smart national surveillance system with the latest cutting-edge diagnostics to rapidly monitor and report the presence of airborne pests and diseases for agricultural sectors including cotton, viticulture, grains, horticulture, sugar, and forestry. The project features custom-designed mobile surveillance units, or ‘sentinels’ with sophisticated airborne trapping. The sentinels have been on trial at the Irrigation Research and Extension Committee (IREC) site near Griffith to understand the cotton pests and pathogens that can be detected and how this information may support on-farm pest management decision making.

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