Research to improve pest risk methods

The International Pest Risk Research Group is focused on improving pest risk modelling and mapping methods through the application and sharing of rigorous, innovative research.

Name Change?

The International Pest Risk Mapping Workgroup served as our name for some time. However, it is unwieldy, and doesn't really represent most of what we do. You can express your opinion on the discussion forum.

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Next Meeting - Fort Collins, Colorado

The next meeting of the International Pest Risk Research Group will be held in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA in August 2015. To register your interest...(contact form)


The constitution committee has met in Raleigh and Canberra, and we are near to presenting it for ratification.

Helicoverpa armigera larva in maize (Photo Tek Tay, CSIRO)

Helicoverpa armigera invading the Americas

Helicoverpa armigera has recently been discovered in South America.  It has since been tracked spreading into the Caribbean.  Pest risk modelling has revealed that most of the US crop production may be at some degree of risk from this pest, which has developed resistance to most pesticides.  The rapid northward spread in the Americas suggests that it is […]

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Bananas infected with Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense tropical race 4 (Biosec. QLD)

Panama disease in Queensland bananas

  Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 has been detected in Queensland, Australia.  In a blow to lovers of Cavendish bananas, this devastating vascular soil borne disease of bananas has been discovered in Tully, North Queensland, Australia.  This news is particularly difficult for Queenslanders to accept, as they are affectionately known within Australia […]

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