The Australian Plant Pest Database and the ALA

The Australian Plant Pest Database and the ALA

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  •  July 22, 2015
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The Australian Plant Pest Database (APPD) is a national, secure online database of pests and diseases of Australia’s plant species.  The delivery and management of the APPD has recently been transitioned to the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) infrastructure providing Australia’s biosecurity experts access to a new range of tools, while still maintaining restricted access to the sensitive data.

Plant disease: Myrtle Rust Uredo rangelii. Photo: Angus Carnegie via CSIRO ECOS Magazine

Plant disease: Myrtle Rust Uredo rangelii. Photo: Angus Carnegie via CSIRO ECOS Magazine

With access to over 18 existing plant pest collections from around Australia, the APPD provides information on over one million pest voucher specimens making it possible to quickly retrieve details of insects, nematodes, fungi, bacteria and viruses that affect plants of economic and ecological significance. This information is essential in assessing the risks of potentially harmful, exotic organisms; developing emergency plant pest management; as well as supporting important biosecurity research activities.

For more information on the APPD, please contact: Plant Health Australia

Pest insect: Asian honey bee Apis cerana java. Photo: wikipedia via ALA species profile

Pest insect: Asian honey bee Apis cerana java. Photo: wikipedia via ALA species profile