Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) Biosecurity SA division manages the risks to South Australia posed by animal and plant pests and diseases, food borne illnesses, and misuse of rural chemicals.
Services provided by Biosecurity SA include animal health (disease surveillance and control), plant health (keeping fruit fly and other plant pests out of the state), weed and pest animal control (natural resource management biosecurity), aquatic pest management, food safety, rural chemical operations and emergency management.
South Australia is the only Australian mainland state that is free of fruit fly, and one of the few places in the world free of the vine-destroying pest phylloxera.
Every year the state government spends about $5 million keeping fruit fly and other plant pests out of the state, through a range of prevention, detection and eradication measures managed by Biosecurity SA. These measures have made a significant contribution to the decrease in fruit fly outbreaks in South Australia, and helped safeguard South Australia’s status as a producer of premium food and wine from a clean environment.
Biosecurity SA will soon be commencing construction of the $3.7 million sterile insect technology facility at Port Augusta to help combat the threat of fruit fly and further South Australia’s premium, clean reputation.
New strain of rabbit virus spreads to regions
Biosecurity SA has confirmed a new strain of calcivirus is sweeping through rabbit colonies in parts of regional South Australia.
Consultation extended to have your say on declared plant review
The State Government is calling on community and industry members to have their say on a major review of weeds in the state. Consultation on the final phase of the review has been extended until Friday 17 June to encourage further feedback on five…
Detection of Russian wheat aphid
The State Government is responding to detections of the exotic pest - Russian wheat aphid - which has been found in cereal crops in the State's mid-north.
Fruit fly quarantine zone extended to Camden Park
The Clarence Park fruit fly quarantine zone in Adelaide's inner southern suburbs has been extended after three male Mediterranean Fruit Flies (MFF) were detected in separate traps located in Camden Park.
What's growing in your garden? Have your say on weed review
Biosecurity SA is inviting home gardeners to have their say on backyard plants that could be banned from sale in South Australia under the declared plant review.
Mouse numbers unlikely to rise in regions
Biosecurity SA is advising growers mice should not be a major widespread issue this autumn and winter, despite bumper harvests in many regions last year.
Potential for regional outbreaks of mice in autumn-winter 2016
Current indications are that mice are likely to be less problematic than average for grain producers this year. Nevertheless isolated problems could occur, particularly where seedlings have persisted, yields were particularly high or harvest losse…
Sterile insects to bolster fight against fruit fly
The eradication program against Mediterranean Fruit Fly (MFF) enters its next phase today (Tuesday, 10 May) with Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) commencing the release of sterile fruit flies.
Fruit fly outbreak declared in Colonel Light Gardens
An outbreak of Mediterranean Fruit Fly (MFF) has been declared by PIRSA Biosecurity SA following the discovery of larvae in locally grown persimmons in Colonel Light Gardens.
Have your say on planned changes to weed managementSouth Australian land owners and plant growers, including farmers, graziers, bush managers, local councils and gardeners, are invited to have their say on proposed changes to managing nine weeds.Read more about Have your say on planned changes to weed management
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ACCC public forums in South Australia - horticulture and viticultureThe purpose of the workshop is to enable the ACCC to speak with people in the horticulture and viticulture industries about the key competition and fair trading issues that affect them.This ...
Winters Reds WeekendThe Winter Reds Weekend has something for everyone, making it the perfect weekend for wine connoisseurs to enjoy hearty food, a warm atmosphere and the stunning reds produced in the Adelaide...
- 1 Jun
Detection of Russian wheat aphidThe State Government is responding to detections of the exotic pest - Russian wheat aphid - which has been found in cereal crops in the State's mid-north.The initial detection was on a site ...
- 3 May
Metropolitan Adelaide fruit fly outbreaksAn outbreak of Mediterranean Fruit Fly (MFF) has been declared in Colonel Light Gardens following the detection of fruit fly larvae on 3 May 2016.A 1.5 kilometre quarantine area has been est...
National Sterile Insect Technology Facility - Port Augusta
Fruit flies are the world’s worst fruit pest, destroying fruit and vegetables in commercial crops and home gardens. The Queensland fruit fly, or Q-fly, is a major pest to our fruit and vegetable crops in Australia.
Securing South Australia’s Premium Food and Wine Industry. The Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) Food Safety Program was established to administer a legislative framework that applies food safety regulation to primary industry sectors.