The Plant Surveillance Network Australasia-Pacific (PSNAP) enables members to communicate about plant pest surveillance and acts as a coordination point for surveillance professionals and practitioners to strengthen surveillance capacity and capability across Australia, New Zealand and the nearby region.
The network was formed in 2017 as an initiative of the Subcommittee for National Plant Health Surveillance (SNPHS).
The concept of the Plant Surveillance Network follows the success of the National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostic Network (under the Subcommittee on Plant Health Diagnostics).
Professional development and training for surveillance practitioners is essential for individuals, surveillance programs and the public good. These activities improve national abilities to do surveillance, capture the information and use the data effectively.
Improve the national plant health surveillance capability and capacity.
A surveillance protocol is a technical reference guide for conducting surveillance on a specific plant pest or group of plant pests.
A process has been developed to provide a nationally agreed design and analysis framework to guide the delivery of plant health surveillance.
Plant pest surveillance activities are critical to the Australian and New Zealand agriculture and the biosecurity systems that protect them. Surveillance activities provide benefits to agricultural industries, the community and the environment.
‘Surveillance’ is a system of making and recording checks or inspections for plant pests (a broad term that refers to invertebrates and pathogens that negatively impact plants, plant products, bees, or edible fungi). Plant pests are estimated to cause losses of 20-40% every year, highlighting the significant impact they have on food production, food security, the natural environment and ecosystems.
Any unusual plant pest, disease or weed should be reported.
Reporting hotlines operate in both Australia and New Zealand (numbers shown below).
Pests can also be reported using apps, such as MyPestGuide™ for Australia, that allow you to submit a photo of the pest or symptoms.
Every report is taken seriously and handled confidentially. Management of calls varies in different areas, but to the same end.
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