Posts tagged Environment
Biosecurity Factsheet

Australia’s rice growing regions are geographically isolated from the rest of the world, which provides some protection from exotic pests and diseases. If an exotic pest or disease establishes in our region, the cost to the rice industry will not only be in eradication or containment but also in the loss of access to overseas markets. 

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Once bittern, not shy of rice

This is an unusual situation. Here we have one of Australia’s most threatened birds and it turns out that their stronghold explicitly comprises agriculture — in the form of rice crops. Nowhere else in the country can we find such large numbers of the globally endangered Australasian bittern.

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