Bring­ing pests to the class

Gatton Star - - LIFE -

A NA­TIONAL com­pe­ti­tion for school stu­dents of all ages will spot­light in­va­sive pests and their ef­fects on Aus­tralia’s agri­cul­ture in­dus­tries.

Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries (DAF) cus­tomer sup­port of­fi­cer Ker­rie Ru­bie said ‘Pest In­vaders’ was the theme for this year’s DAF Her­mitage Re­search Fa­cil­ity Schools Plant Science Com­pe­ti­tion.

“Through Pest In­vaders, stu­dents from Prep to Year 12 can in­ves­ti­gate is­sues such as why cane toads were in­tro­duced to Aus­tralia or how ex­otic dis­eases made their way to our shores and dev­as­tated our agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries,” Ms Ru­bie said.

Ms Ru­bie said 60 schools from across the coun­try had al­ready reg­is­tered to be part of the com­pe­ti­tion, now in its 23rd year.

“Com­pe­ti­tion en­tries close on June 28, 2019,” she said.

“Schools can reg­is­ter their in­ter­est to par­tic­i­pate in the com­pe­ti­tion at any stage dur­ing the year.

“How­ever, en­trants should al­low at least seven weeks to com­plete the var­i­ous ex­per­i­ments, ac­tiv­i­ties and re­port­ing re­quire­ments be­fore the clos­ing date.”

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