Host Test Lists

​​​​​Host specificity testing

Host specificity testing is carried out to ensure that the proposed biological control agent is specific to the target weed or insect pest.

A host specificity test list is a list of plants/insects closely related to the target weed or insect pest that is developed by a biological control researcher. The species on the list are exposed to the proposed biological control agent in a quarantine containment facility.

Current host test lists open for comment:

The 'Biosecurity guidelines for the introduction of exotic biological control agents', provide that applicants may elect to publish host preference testing lists for comment on the department's website. This allows applicants to receive feedback prior to undertaking research activities supporting an application to import a biocontrol agent.

Important: Comments should be directed to the applicant, not the department, by the closing date (see contact details in application).

The published host test list documents may not meet Australian Government accessibility guidelines as they have not been prepared by the department.

Host test lists currently open for comment
Opening date Closing date Description Pages File size
15/05/2020 15/07/2020 Proposed plant host test list for assessing the risk of biological control agents for Cardiospermum grandiflorum.PDF 10 645KB
16/06/2020 16/08/2020 Proposed plant host test list for assessing the risk of biological control agents for Passiflora foetida.pdf 7 869KB
Last reviewed: 15 June 2020
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