The Plant Biosecurity Toolbox (PBT) provides detailed, web-based diagnostic information to assist with the rapid identification of exotic plant pests and diseases in the event of an incursion.
The comprehensive resources of the toolbox include:
- Information on biology and taxonomy of the pest
- Diagnostic morphological, biochemical and molecular tests
- Images of the pest, host symptoms and damage.
The PBT was developed by the Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity (CRCNPB). It centralises diagnostic information in recognition of the need for diagnosticians and plant health workers to have quick and easy access to accurate diagnostic resources.
This project was a collaborative effort from the following participant organisations of the CRCNPB:
- Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia
- New South Wales Department of Primary Industries
- Plant Health Australia
- Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries
- Queensland University of Technology
The Museum of Victoria also played a key role in developing the toolbox through the expertise of staff managing the Pest and Disease Image Library (PaDIL).