The Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has updated protocols to handle the threat of Xylella fastidiosa, a significant bacterial pathogen, in imported nursery stock.
Effective December 2023, regulatory measures are enforced for plants within the Simaroubaceae family to mitigate the risk of Xylella.
These measures are part of Australia’s emergency precautions against Xylella fastidiosa and its sub-species, as well as Xylella taiwanensis, aimed at safeguarding the country from their entry, establishment and spread.
The department will inform trading partners of these changes via a Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) notification.
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