AGRO514 Plant Biosecurity

Updated: 14 February 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Brian Sindel (
Unit Description

Australia faces growing challenges in the area of plant biosecurity due to the increase in trade, travel and tourism. The introduction of plant diseases, pests and weeds has the potential to have serious consequences for agricultural industries as well as natural ecosystems and the natural resources base. This unit aims at covering issues relevant to biosecurity of plant-based industries and natural ecosystems. Topics covered include pathogens and crop bioterrrorism, insect pests, noxious weeds, transgenic plants, quarantine, border security, phyto-sanitary regulations and risk assessment, depending on the interests of students.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the subject by identifying important issues surrounding plant biosecurity;
  2. analyse critically and assess risks attached to the introduction of plants and plant based products eg fruits, vegetables and flowers, and communicating the outcome to others using written and verbal formats;
  3. critically evaluate the options to regulate and manage the movement of plants, plant pests and pathogens and transmit this knowledge to others using verbal and written formats;
  4. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the subject by describing, in detail, biosafety issues related to food security; and
  5. demonstrate an ability to undertake research and apply established theories to a body of knowledge or practice within the discipline.