Prizes for school-aged plant scientists!
The 2020 Hermitage Schools Plant Science Competition has kicked off, with over 80 schools from across Australia already registered.
This year, we’re celebrating the International Year of Plant Health and are asking students of all ages to complete a hands-on experimental investigation and other engaging activities (focusing on the ‘plant health’ theme) that will help them discover just how important protecting plant health is in sustaining life on Earth.
Top six pests activity book
The Urban Plant Health Network have created a downloadable kids’ activity book about six particularly ‘bad bugs’ that we don’t want in Australian gardens. They are:
- brown marmorated stink bug
- red imported fire ant
- glassy-winged sharpshooter
- Asian citrus psyllid
- spotted wing drosophila
- Asian honey bee
The activity book contains information about what they are, where they’re from and why they’re so bad; along with some fun activities.
Document | Top six pests activity book (Urban Plant Health Network)
National Priority Plant Pests playing cards
A playing card game based on Australia’s National Priority Plant Pests provides school students with an educational tool to learn about biosecurity threats to Australia’s natural environment and plant health.
The National Priority Plant Pests have been identified as Australia’s most important pest threats capable of damaging our natural environment, destroying our food production, agriculture industries and to a certain extend our way of life.
The information may be used to play a Top Trumps style game as each card includes the following information:
- National Priority Plant Pests ratings, with bacterial pathogen Xylella being considered the most important at No. 1
- the number of countries where each pest is known to occur
- the number of hosts a pest can infect, infest, or feed on.
Download the template, print and cut out the cards and play.
Template | National Priority Plant Pests playing cards (with Beastie Bug and Covid-19) (Department of Agriculture)
NSW Department of Primary Industries has developed Biosecurity Warrior materials to help children learn about and understand the importance of biosecurity to maintain the health of our plants.
Biosecurity Warrior – Backyard Blitz
Video | Be a Biosecurity Warrior and defend against weeds and bugs in your own backyard.
Length: 1 min 24 sec
Document | Biosecurity Warrior Training Manual (NSW Department of Primary Industries)
Biosecurity in Our Backyard
Costa Georgiadis talks about how to tell the difference between Biosecurity Goodies & Baddies and meets Biosecurity Warriors who have exciting and interesting jobs using science, technology, research – even dogs – to stop diseases that make our people, our crops, our native animals and insects sick.
Biosecurity in Our Backyard
Go on a biosecurity journey and learn about bees, insects, chooks, pets and how we can all be Biosecurity Warriors by looking after our own backyards.
Length: 1 hr 3 min 35 sec