TLF ID M020820
This is a unit of work about the biosecurity of Australia’s agriculture. The unit focuses on how introduced species can affect the balance of ecosystems. The major activities in this unit focus on the concept of interdependence in ecosystems; the importance of biosecurity and control of outbreaks. A simple experiment models the testing of typical objects bought in through airports and illustrates the steps taken to protect Australian borders while a case study of Panama disease in bananas demonstrates the impact of disease on agribusiness. The unit also provides background information, experiment preparation notes, pedagogical advice and a list of online resources for teachers and detailed assignment sheets for students.