Biosecurity Economics

The Economics of Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a gathering storm with antibiotics used to treat animals and humans being rendered ineffective. Despite the emerging threat of AMR, the economic cost of increased resistance has not been fully recognised, especially in resource-based industries such as agriculture and wastewater management. The costs of overusing or misusing antibiotics are not borne by those who cause them and the benefits of action to mitigate AMR may not immediately be felt by the individuals and organisations who need to act. With these challenges in mind, we propose a new way of looking at AMR from an economic perspective in the animal health and wastewater management industries.

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For more information, please contact Dr Walter Okelo.

Managing a Foot-and-Mouth-Disease (FMD) Outbreak

The project aimed to provide robust guidelines for responding to an FMD outbreak, including approaches to post-outbreak surveillance and management options for vaccinated animals, to support proof-of-freedom and a faster return to trade. Our CSIRO researchers worked with government and industry stakeholders to design and test response strategies for FMD through simulations and interactive workshops. This project enhanced and used the Australian Animal Disease Spread (AADIS) model to better inform strategic decision-making around managing a FMD outbreak.

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You can read more about the overall project or contact Dr Tim Capon for more information.

Adaptive Area-Wide Management (AWM) of Queensland Fruit Fly (QFly) using Sterile Insect Technique (SIT)

The suppression of QFly using AWM and SIT can only be successful with the alignment of biophysical and socio-economic factors. Economic research formed a vital part of this large multi-disciplinary research project to evaluate the cost-effective delivery and release of the AWM of QFly in the horticulture sector of Australia.

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Contact Dr Sorada Tapsuwan for more information.