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Plant bio-security under scrutiny by Maria Taylor

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A HIGH level review of Australia's wheat breeding institutions will report by the end of June on the adequacy of processes governing bio-safety of plant and related research materials during their importation into Australia and during the exchange of material within Australia... Also on the panel is Keith Perrett, President of the Grains Council of Australia, Kevin Sheridan, former CEO of the NSW Department of Agriculture, Tony Fischer, Program Manager Australian Centre for T nternational Agricultural Research (and a member of the GRDC Board) and Mick Calley fonner Director of Plant Quarantine... "We have asked AFFA (the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - Australia) for details of current quality control protocols governing importation of new biological material from overseas; the extent of materials being brought in; and subsequent movement that takes place between laboratories after the initial quarantine protocols have been met by the importing research institution," he said...
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