Following the detection of browsing ants in the Darwin port region in July last year, the NT Government joined forces with the Queensland Government to train and deploy browsing ant detector dogs.
Originally trained to detect fire ants in Queensland, two dogs Willow and Olivia have now been cross trained to detect browsing ant.
As part of that training, the dogs were in Darwin during the Food Futures Conference to undergo field training around Darwin, testing the dogs in the humid, tropical conditions.
Since the original detection Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries (DPIF) Local Control Centre at East Arm has managed the tracing, surveillance and control measures to identify and treat known infested sites.
Making sure Australia remains free of exotic pests and diseases prevalent overseas is an enormous job and the DPIF is up to the task.
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