Biosecurity officers and detector dogs at the Sydney Mail Centre have intercepted two packages with plants that are known hosts of Xylella fastidiosa, Australia’s number one priority plant pest.
Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said Xylella was one of the most significant emerging plant disease threats worldwide.
“We are very fortunate that Xylella is not present in Australia, and we want to keep it that way,” Mr Littleproud said.
“Xylella is one of the world’s most devastating plant pests and is Australia’s number one priority plant pest. There is also no cure.”
Mr Littleproud praised the team at the Sydney Mailing Centre for making the discovery.
“One of the packages contained live asparagales shrub plants with…