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 In This Month's Issue...                                                 

SAVE THE DATE - ASF SEED BUSINESS 2017 CONVENTION

Plant Breeder's Rights Consultation Group (PBRCG) Inaugural Meeting - Summary


Latest News from ABCA

Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) Update
  • Notification of Licence Application: Limited and controlled release of sorghum GM for grain quality traits - University of Queensland
  • Notice of decision to issue a licence for field trial of GM potato - Queensland University of Technology
  • Notification of Licence Application: Limited and controlled release of wheat and barley GM for abiotic stress tolerance and yield improvement - University of Adelaide
  • Notice of decision to issue a licence for field trial of GM Indian mustard (Juncea canola) - Nuseed Pty Ltd
Biosecurity Matters Issue 1 - February 2017 now available

Tomato potato psyllid detection in Western Australia - what it means for Tasmania

Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update

Subsidised Access to Women's Leadership Events Available to ASF Members

Leroy & Barbara Everson Seed & Biosafety Symposium 2017

 SAVE THE DATE - ASF SEED BUSINESS 2017 CONVENTION                                                       

SAVE THE DATE – Seed Business 2017
22 - 24 August 2017 (inclusive)
Stamford Plaza Adelaide
South Australia

The Australian Seed Federation (ASF) is pleased to announce Seed Business 2017 is to be held at the Stamford Plaza Adelaide Hotel, South Australia.
 
The dates for the ASF Seed Business 2017 Convention is from Tuesday 22 August – Thursday 24 August 2017 (inclusive).


Draft Agenda:
The ASF will be holding a Seed Industry Training Day on Tuesday 22 August (more information to follow on this) followed by Seed Business Convention on Wednesday & Thursday. The Trade Exhibition will be held on all 3 days starting on Tuesday and ending close of Convention on Thursday.

There will be a social day on Monday 22 August for those that wish to take part and a post-Convention tour activity on Friday 25 August.
 
The Gala Dinner will be held offsite at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday 23 August.

Registration will open soon including details on how to book your accommodation at the Stamford.

The ASF has secured exclusive delegate accommodation rates in booking at the Stamford Plaza Adelaide - Watch this space!

 
Please mark the dates in your diary for this event.

 Plant Breeder's Rights Consultation Group (PBRCG) Inaugural Meeting - Summary                 

Please click on the link below for a summary (word doc) of the recent Plant Breeder's Rights Consultation Group (PBRCG) Inaugural Meeting held on 24 November 2016.

Meeting Summary - PBRCG 24 November 2016

If you would like the Meeting Minutes please contact Tim Pepper via email at TPepper@heritageseeds.com.au

 Latest News from ABCA                                                                                                           

The ASF is a member of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA).

For the latest news on Agricultural Biotechnology including the following 'new articles' since the last E-News, please click on the website link below.
  • UK - GM crops producing Omega-3 fatty acid
  • USA - Ready for GM wine?
  • UK - "Super-yield" GM wheat trials approved
 
Source: Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA) - Latest News (2017).

 Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) Update                                                             

  • Notification of Licence Application: Limited and controlled release of sorghum genetically modified (GM) for grain quality traits - University of Queensland
The OGTR has received a licence application from the University of Queensland to conduct a field trial of GM sorghum with altered grain quality traits. For more details including a summary of the application please visit the OGTR website or Click here
  • Notice of decision to issue a licence for field trial of genetically modified (GM) potato - Queensland University of Technology
On 6 December 2016, the Gene Technology Regulator invited submissions on the consultation version of the Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan for licence application from the Queensland University of Technology. The Regulator has now issued a licence in response to the application, authorising the limited and controlled release (field trial) of potato GM for disease resistance. For more details about the field trial and the Regulator's decision please visit the OGTR website or Click here
  • Notification of Licence Application: Limited and controlled release of wheat and barley genetically modified (GM) for abiotic stress tolerance and yield improvement - University of Adelaide
The OGTR has received a licence application from the University of Adelaide to conduct a field trial of GM wheat and barley with abiotic stress tolerance and yield improvement. For more details including a summary of the application please visit the OGTR website or Click here
  • Notice of decision to issue a licence for field trial of genetically modified (GM) Indian mustard (Juncea canola) - Nuseed Pty Ltd
On 28 November 2016, the Gene Technology Regulator invited submissions on the consultation version of the Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan for licence application from Nuseed Pty Ltd. The Regulator has now issued a licence in response to the application, authorising the limited and controlled release (field trial) of Juncea canola GM for altered oil content. For more details about the field trial and the Regulator's decision please visit the OGTR website or Click here

Source: Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR). 'What's New'. February 2017 

 Biosecurity Matters Issue 1 - February 2017 now available                                                            

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources have issued 'Biosecurity Matters Issue 1 - February 2017' for your information and consideration.

Contents:
  • Throw your prawns on the BBQ, not in our waters
  • Cluster fences keeping sheep safe from wild dogs
  • Borers hitch a ride to Australia inside lychee plants
  • Indigenous rangers dedicated to stopping exotic pests
  • A red hot idea to save Christmas Island's famous red crabs
  • Border Finds - Thinking of buying terrariums online?
  • Have Your Say
To read the full issue online click on Biosecurity Matters Issue 1 February 2017

Source: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. 'Biosecurity Matters Edition 1 2017'. 17/02/2017

 Tomato potato psyllid detection in Western Australia - what it means for Tasmania                  

Biosecurity Advisory 3/ 2017

Please see below notice from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE), for your information.

Tomato potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli) was detected in Western Australia (WA) at several properties near Perth, early February 2017.  This is the first detection of this pest in Australia.

Tomato Potato Psyllid (TPP) is a sap-sucking insect that feeds on many plants in the Solanaceae family which includes potato, tomato, capsicum, eggplant and tamarillo and some in the Convolvulaceae family such as sweet potato.

Actions are being taken nationally in response to this detection and to minimise the risk of movement of the pest to other parts of Australia.


Implications for Tasmania
If this pest entered Tasmania it would have greatest significance for growers of potato, tomato, capsicum, eggplant and related crops both indoors and outdoors. It also has implications for the nursery industry.

As part of a Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture project, a network of yellow sticky traps has operated in Tasmanian potato crops in recent years to obtain early warning should this pest enter Tasmania.

The pest has not been detected in Tasmania.  However commercial producers and backyard growers are asked to check their crops for signs of the psyllid. Biosecurity Tasmania’s Plant Diagnostic Services can identify suspect material free of charge. If you think the tomato potato psyllid may be present in your crop or backyard plants, you need to report this to Biosecurity Tasmania by phoning the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.


About tomato potato psyllid
The tomato potato psyllid causes injury to plants directly by its feeding. It can also transmit a bacterial disease known as zebra chip which poses an additional threat to important horticultural crops, particularly potatoes. Damage to crops is most severe when the insect vector and bacteria coincide.  The bacterium has not been detected in WA.

The noticeable signs of the tomato potato psyllid include insects jumping from the foliage when disturbed, severe wilting of plants occurs when there are large numbers of psyllids feeding, yellowing of leaf margins and upward curling of the leaves, and honeydew and psyllid sugar make the plants sticky and they often appear dirty.


Actions taken by Biosecurity Tasmania thus far
Importation pathways for risk produce from Western Australia have been investigated by Biosecurity Tasmania. With some exceptions Tasmania, does not receive risk produce directly from Western Australia reducing risk of movement into Tasmania.  Where produce may enter, it is via South Australia or Victoria first and must meet those State’s emergency conditions thus buffering risk for Tasmania.  

Tasmania has had treatment requirements on a range of risk material should any pathway exist, hence mitigating risk.  Additional requirements are not deemed necessary right now.

The Chief Plant Health Manager (Tasmania) has declared TPP a List A Pest under the Plant Quarantine Act 1997 enabling regulatory action to be taken if needed. He has also issued an Area Freedom certificate for TPP to support continued access for Tasmanian produce being exported interstate. An industry information forum will be organised by Biosecurity Tasmania soon as additional information comes to hand.


As a general reminder, all growers need to practise sound farm biosecurity to prevent the entry, establishment and spread of pests and diseases. Find out more at www.farmbiosecurity.com.au

Further information and images of the pest
Plant Health Australia
http://www.planthealthaustralia.com.au/pests/tomatopotato-psyllid/
AusVeg:
http://ausveg.com.au/publications/Tomato-Potato%20Psyllid%20Flyer.pdf

Source: Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE). 20/02/2017

 Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update                                                           

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has issued a 'Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update' for your information and consideration. 

This report contains information previously published in the Australian Climate and Agricultural Monthly Update. By combining the weekly and monthly updates it has allowed for improved access to up-to-date climate, water and commodity information in a single report. 

Report Information (18/02/2017) - Click here

Source: Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. 'Weekly ABARES report'. 18/02/2017. www.agriculture.gov.au 

 Subsidised Access to Women's Leadership Events Available to ASF members                         
Women & Leadership Australia are currently offering 20 Australian Seed Federation (ASF) members the opportunity to attend the 2017 Australian Women’s Leadership Symposium for $400 off the standard rate. Dates below:

Perth - 11 May 2017
Brisbane - 18-19 May 2017
Sydney - 6-7 June 2017
Canberra - 15 June 2017
Adelaide - 6 July 2017
Melbourne - 20-21 July 2017
Darwin - 26 July 2017
Hobart - 25 August 2017


The Symposium provides women a critically important platform to explore leadership, life and career development. They will take place in all capital cities across Australia later this year.

To take advantage of the discount:
1.  Simply go to
http://www.wla-symposium.com.au/2017events.html
2.  Select which city you would like to attend
3.  Click ‘Tickets Available Here’
4.  Enter your First Name, Last Name and Email Address, then click ‘Next’
5.  Enter your Company, Title, Work Phone and type in ‘Australian Seed Federation’ when
     answering the question ‘How did you find out about this event?’, then click ‘Next’
6.  Click ‘Finished Adding People’
7.  Enter Discount Code ASC2017 and click ‘Apply’ to get the $400 discount off the standard rate
8.  Complete your Payment Method, tick ‘I agree to the Terms and Conditions’, click ‘Finish’ and
     then your confirmation will be emailed to you.


Only twenty Symposium seats are available at this rate. For further information about the Symposiums, simply go to http://www.wla-symposium.com.au/.

Source: Women & Leadership Australia. Email Alert. 31/01/2017
 
12 & 13 April 2017 - Gateway Hotel & Conference Centre, Ames, Iowa
 
The Iowa State University Seed Science Centre invites you to attend the 2017 Leroy and Barbara Everson Seed and Biosafety Symposium "Next Generation Agriculture: Emerging Innovations & Opportunities" at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Centre in Ames, Iowa.

Topics of discussion will include recent technologies, trends, regulations, and educational platforms impacting the seed industry and food security.

Who Should Attend: Industry professionals, farmers, academics, scientists, and students.

Student Poster Competition: Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to present research posters related to all aspects of seed and food security. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Contact: Cassie Welch, Symposium Coordinator, at
cwelch@iastate.edu or phone 515-294-5681.

For more information please visit the website at
 http://register.extension.iastate.edu/eversonsymposium

Source: Iowa State University Seed Science Centre. '2017 Leroy Everson Seed & Biosafety Symposium'. 16/02/2017.

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