Bringing pests to the class
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.”
For more information, visit www.daf.qld.gov.au.