Methyl Bromide Alternatives Information System (MBAIS)

The Methyl Bromide Alternatives Information System (MBAIS) can help you to identify alternatives to methyl bromide use as a general purpose fumigant. It contains information on methyl bromide alternatives for quarantine and pre-shipment and non-quarantine uses being researched or used in Australia, and/or used internationally.

Once registered you can use the MBAIS to help you:

  • find alternatives that you may wish to consider
  • share information you have about alternatives or research you know of
  • establish linkages with other expertise on methyl bromide alternatives.

Register to use the MBAIS

You can request access to use the MBAIS by emailing the administrator.

Registered MBAIS users can search, add or edit records, as well as suggest other data contributors. You can search MBAIS information either by commodity group, methyl bromide alternative, or contributor’s last name.

The MBAIS has been developed on behalf of the Australian Plant Health Committee.

About methyl bromide

Methyl bromide (CH3Br) has been used for many years as a general purpose fumigant to kill a variety of plant pests. However, it is an ozone depleting substance.

The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (1987) sets out a mandatory timetable for the phase out of ozone depleting substances, including methyl bromide. All reductions include an exemption for methyl bromide pre-shipment and quarantine uses.

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has outlined alternatives to methyl bromide for use on commodities in the document below.

IPPC Recommendation: Replacement or reduction of the use of methyl bromide as a phytosanitary measure (2008)

If you have any questions about Methyl Bromide you may be able to find the answers you’re looking for in the Methyl Bromide — Questions and Answers document