Nursery Sector Biosecurity Guide

This Nursery Sector Biosecurity Guide (the Guide) has been developed as a supporting document to the National Voluntary Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard for the Greenhouse, Nursery and Floriculture Sectors (the Standard) to assist producers in developing a biosecurity plan. The Standard contains biosecurity measures of relevance to all three sectors. This Guide is voluntary and provides sector-specific biosecurity measures for consideration to help nursery producers achieve the pest risk mitigation goals identified in the target outcomes previously set within the Standard.

It is recognized that each biosecurity plan will be specific to each nursery and not all the recommendations in this Guide will be universally applicable. The information and guidance provided apply to both established and new nurseries. The considerations outlined in this Guide are based on scientifically sound principles. Implementing the considerations will help reduce the risk of pest introduction, help enhance pest management within a nursery and mitigate the spread to additional nurseries and to the surrounding landscape.

For the purpose of this Guide, pest is defined as any living organism injurious to plants, plant products or by-products, which include insects, mites, diseases, vermin, animals and weeds.

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