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SMART Surveillance for pests, diseases and weeds
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GRDC relies on periodic economic surveys on the costs of disease, weeds and invertebrate pests when making investment decisions. GRDC needs better information to support a seasonal or twice seasonal situation analysis on biotic threats to improve investment decisions and to alert growers to changes in abundance of current threats or movement of new threats into different regions, or changes in biology of weeds pests or diseases or increased resistance of these threats. The development of new tools for trapping biotic threats will assist in providing some of this data for pests and disease but not weeds. The grains industry has a high adoption of agronomic consultants, and the use of electronic recording platforms (both commercial agronomists and growers). The utilisation of this rich source of biotic threat information has not been attempted. This investment is to scope the feasibility of integrating the skills of agronomists and/or the records they or grower keep to provide a more detailed picture of the current distribution and abundance of biotic threats. Integration of these data could lead to: the provision of improved pest alerts to growers; determination of changes in species abundance and temporal activity; warnings of the appearance of new biotic threats; development of resistance and management options being implemented by growers.
This GRDC investment is to:
1. By April 2018, provide a written review of the Australian and international scientific literature summarising the current knowledge on biotic threat survey techniques and technologies applicable to the Australian grain industry to address:
- How often to review / collect biotic threat and beneficial species data (within a season)
- What is the best method to collect biotic threat and beneficial species data?
- What are the barriers to collecting data and or reporting?
- How best to collate data and predict or show temporal changes?
- Best methods for Statistical analysis and collation of data sets
The report should include:
- an assessment of the accessibility, quantity and quality of available data
- an assessment of the gaps in current knowledge and data
- different assessment methods for different between and within weeds, diseases, invertebrate and vertebrate pests and beneficial species
- which species is predictive modelling appropriate to achieve improve management
The report should be suitable for distribution to grain growers in GRDC publications as determined by the GRDC and as a scientific journal paper (if appropriate).
2. By April 2018, a written report on the accessibility and ownership of data sets held or collected through private agronomy sources (e.g. electronic farm records, contracting agronomists records, incentives for reporting to current systems)
The report should include:
- Likely access and cost to access data sets
- The geographic coverage of the data sets
- The level of quantification of abundance of biotic threats and the management options being undertaken
- Limitations and barriers to reporting
- Constraints and risks in each collection method including any liability issues or limitations on dissemination of data
Tenderers must familiarise themselves with further information found at https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/current-procurementSMART Surveillance for pests, diseases and weeds including terms and conditions of participation, required forms of response and draft contract
1) The Applicant must be a single legal entity or recognised firm of partners.
2) The Applicant must be financially viable. For the purposes of this condition, “financially viable” means that the Tenderer has not had any of the following events occur in respect of it:
a) a meeting of creditors being called or held within the past five years;
b) the appointment of a liquidator, provisional liquidator or administrator within the past five years;
c) the appointment of a controller (as defined in section 9 of the Corporations Act (2001)), or analogous person appointed, including in respect of any of its property within the past five years;
d) a failure to comply with a statutory demand in respect of the payment of any debt;
e) an inability to pay debts as they fall due or otherwise becoming insolvent;
f) becoming incapable of managing its own affairs for any reason;
g) taking any step resulting in insolvency under administration (as defined in section 9 of the Corporations Act 2001);
h) entering into a compromise or arrangement with, or assignment for the benefit of, any of its creditors, or any analogous event.
3) The Applicant and any proposed subcontractor must be compliant with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.
4) The Applicant must include in its application details of any known circumstances that may give rise to an actual or potential Conflict of Interest with GRDC in responding to this procurement. The Applicant's response will be taken into account in the evaluation.
By portal submission only at https://access.grdc.com.au/