The 29th International Horticultural Congress | Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes | 17-22 August 2014
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Biosecurity, Quarantine Pests and Market Access

Sponsored by the ISHS Commissions of Plant Protection and Quality & Postharvest Horticulture

As well as domestic horticultural production there is considerable international trade in horticultural products between countries and continents. So that this commercial activity does not pose a risk to the sustainability of importer and exporter, many countries have established processes designed to reduce biosecurity risk to acceptable levels. The focus of the symposium will be the examination of the policy and technical aspects of supply chain activities of trade and the continuum that everyone is involved in the production process, including trade in plants as invasive species.

The symposium on "Biosecurity, quarantine pests and market access" will include invited speakers and oral and poster presentations focusing on the latest developments to facilitate trade in plants and plant products and the need for the protection of production landscapes, including the environment as a whole.

Presentations are invited on the following themes:

  • Policy Issues – International standards and framework, opportunities and limitations caused by biosecurity import regulatory systems (WTO/SPS, IPPC and environmental agreements such as CBD) and levels of protection.
  • Technical issues – Risk analysis methodologies, current and future prospects.
  • Biosecurity Management – treatments, the systems approach and stakeholder inputs.
  • Process/operational issues – compliance and quality standards and capacity building needs.

Convenors: Bob Ikin (Australia), Peter Whittle (Australia) and Bill Roberts (Australia).

Dr Bob Ikin is a biosecurity consultant based in Brisbane Queensland. From 1971 to 1999 he held a number of positions with Biosecurity Australia and its predecessors including responsibilities for disease diagnostics, quarantine research, pest risk analysis and international liaison on international phytosanitary standards development. He has also held posts in plant protection with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and FAO Headquarters in Rome. As a biosecurity consultant he has worked mainly on quarantine projects in Asia, the Pacific and Africa for a number of aid agencies. Most recently his consultancy role has focused on the integration of plant quarantine/phytosanitary standards and control methodologies developed by the IPPC/FAO with the mandates of environmental and biodiversity protection agencies such as the CBD/UNEP and the Global Environment Facility.

Dr Peter Whittle is a biosecurity scientist with three decades of professional experience in applied research, industry services, regulation and policy, in both government and private industry. As a biosecurity specialist he has wide experience in biosecurity operations, diagnostic systems, emergency response management and eradication, pest risk analysis, surveillance design, and international collaboration in aid projects. His recent projects include developing and analysing complex surveillance systems, consulting on biosecurity to the grains industries, and developing a new methodology to create global commodity trade opportunities through modelling pest risk management systems. Peter works on projects within QUT and as a private consultant..