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Fast access to data and information is key to support the quick identification of, and rapid response to, the detection of exotic pests and diseases, to ensure the appropriate response strategies are implemented.

To that end, an updated and modernised version of the Pest and Disease Image Library (PaDIL) has recently been launched, funded by DAFF and developed by Plant Health Australia (PHA) in consultation with Australian governments.

A biodiversity and biosecurity information tool, PaDIL is an online database containing high quality diagnostic images. It contains detailed records of invertebrates, bacteria, fungi, viruses and viroids, and phytoplasmas that threaten a range of agriculture sectors, animals and human health.

The refreshed system boasts improved search functionality, a diagnostic image comparison tool for taxonomic identification, and increased representation of priority pest species. It is designed to  assist a range of stakeholders – from scientists, biosecurity officers and policy officers to farmers and citizen scientists – to diagnose plant pests and diseases, reducing the impact of incursions through early detection and an efficient and effective biosecurity response.

Access the PaDIL website here.

The PaDIL is a partnership between Plant Health Australia (PHA), the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), Museums Victoria and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia (DPIRD, WA).