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Enemy #1 – Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

November 20th, 2019 The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is a very long name for the greatest threat to New Zealand’s biosecurity as we know it.

Understanding Rusts, fungal invaders of Aotearoa

By David Teulon November 19th, 2019 Since February, the Year 10 Mātauranga Māori class at Aorere College (Papatoetoe, South Auckland) has been supported by regular lessons with the scientists at Plant & Food Research as part of an "Unlocking Curious Minds" Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) project.

New Zealanders/B3 at the PBRI Plant Biosecurity Symposium

By David Teulon November 1st, 2019 The PBRI Plant Biosecurity Research Symposium was held at the Queensland State Library in Brisbane on the 15 and 16 August.

Measuring Biosecurity excellence in port communities

By David Teulon November 1st, 2019 The Port of Tauranga (PoT) is New Zealand’s largest and fastest growing port, processing a large volume of goods, from diverse origins.

Stinkbugs. Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

By Newsroom November 1st, 2019 The stink bug hasn’t become established in New Zealand yet - or at least biosecurity officials don’t think it has.

Biosecurity trail empowers visitors to protect New Zealand flora

By David Teulon May 16th, 2019 A new walking trail at the Auckland Botanic Gardens will give locals and overseas visitors a chance to learn about New Zealand’s flora as well as the role they play in protecting it.

Learning local: Tauranga biosecurity unit turns 5 year olds into scientists

February 5th, 2019 Better Border Biosecurity (B3) researchers are increasingly involved with the translation of their science to the broader community, including iwi, and are therefore playing an active role growing in NZ’s Biosecurity Team of 4.7 Million.

B3 part of the fight against devastating disease begins

By David Teulon February 5th, 2019 New Zealand’s horticulture and wine industry groups are pleased to have been awarded a Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) Tere grant to progress research into an invasive and unwanted plant pathogen spreading overseas.

Some of the students working on B3 projects over the 2018-19 summer

January 10th, 2019 A big welcome to the summer students working on B3 and aligned projects over the coming months with various B3 partners. We hope this will inspire you to a career in biosecurity.

More fame for Laura Nixon’s BMSB work

January 9th, 2019 Recently, researchers at Lincoln University (in Christchurch) and Better Border Biosecurity (B3) in New Zealand teamed with scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture–Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) to study the dynamics of diapausing invasive brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys).

Australia and NZ join forces on plant biosecurity research

November 21st, 2018 Australia and New Zealand have entered into a new collaboration to strengthen plant biosecurity research.

Scientists hone in on where pests come from

August 31st, 2018 A team of scientists at the Bio-Protection Research Centre working within B3 is working to make Biosecurity New Zealand’s (BNZ) pest incursion investigators jobs much easier.

Biosecurity awareness in port communities

July 29th, 2018 Tauranga is home to New Zealand's busiest port. Last year it handled more than eight million tonnes of imported goods. That's a lot of cargo for pests, weeds and diseases to hide amongst.

Recent recognition of B3 science

June 28th, 2018 There have been several outstanding examples of B3 research being recognised by the wider biosecurity community in recent weeks.

BMSB: an imminent threat to Australia and New Zealand workshop

June 15th, 2018

The best B3 conference yet

May 24th, 2018 More than 150 biosecurity professionals gathered for the Third B3 Conference at Te Papa, Wellington this year, for what, according to Chris Green from DoC, was “the best yet”.

Opinion: Finding fruit flies doesn’t mean the system is broken

By David Teulon, Karen Armstrong and John Kean April 4th, 2018 The detection of fruit flies in the Auckland region might lead people to wonder if our biosecurity system is failing.

Scientists discuss sex-less insects

March 27th, 2018 Twenty experts from South America, Africa, India, Canada and Europe met in Palmerston North recently to discuss advances in the sterile insect technique – a developing weapon against insect pests.

Contribution of b3 researchers recognised by the science community.

February 22nd, 2018 A number of B3 researchers have been recognised by their peers for their outstanding professional contribution to bioprotection and biosecurity on invasive species.

B3 refreshes its scientific programme

October 27th, 2017 A major refresh of B3 research was undertaken between August 2016 and June 2017 building upon the numerous achievements of B3 over the last 10 years.

Attempts to stop BMSB establishing in NZ recognised in the USA

September 15th, 2017 Attempts to STOP BMSB from establishing in New Zealand, and the assistance we are receiving from US scientists, are being highlighted in America.

NZ US invasive species workshop sets a bright future for collaborative research

September 15th, 2017 About 20 US and 40 NZ scientists met in Auckland in the last week of August 2017 to explore research initiatives to prevent the establishment or mitigate the impact of invasive vertebrate, invertebrates, pathogens and weeds.

Survival of soil organisms a wake-up call for bio-security

September 6th, 2017 Tiny creatures in soil that attack plants have shown the ability to survive for at least three years in new research, giving new insights into the bio-security threats posed by passenger travel and trade between countries.

B3 congratulates recent New Zealand biosecurity award winners

August 10th, 2017 Last week (2 August 2017) The Hon Nathan Guy recognised individuals, communities and organisations that have made a positive difference to New Zealand's biosecurity at an awards ceremony at Parliament in Wellington.

Competition focuses male wasp’s mating mind

June 22nd, 2017 Scientists at Plant & Food Research, B3 (Better Border Biosecurity), Scion and the University of Auckland have been studying the ‘bedroom’ behaviour of the parasitoid wasp Cotesia urabae to better understand the insects’ mating activity and preferences.

Throwing ants off the scent

June 22nd, 2017 Scientists at Plant & Food Research, B3 (Better Border Biosecurity) and the University of Auckland have been researching Argentine ants to determine how odour and physical cues help them to forage for food.

New trans-tasman partnership takes the fight to myrtle rust

June 20th, 2017 B3 partners, Plant & Food Research (PFR) and Scion, have been successful in the latest round of science investment funding from MBIE’s Catalyst Strategic Fund for a project addressing the threat of myrtle rust to New Zealand.

New Zealand scientists meet to mitigate the impact of myrtle rust

May 30th, 2017 About 50 researchers met in Christchurch on 15 May to brain-storm science solutions with which to mitigate the impact of myrtle rust after the disease was found for the first time in New Zealand on Raoul Island (announced 4 April) and in the North Island (announced 4 May).

MYRTLE RUST INCURSION ON RAOUL ISLAND REINFORCES THE NEED FOR PREPAREDNESS AND VIGILANCE

April 7th, 2017 The current myrtle rust incursion on the small New Zealand territory of Raoul Island (1050km north of Cape Reinga) is a severe wake-up call about the threat of invasive plant pathogens to our productive and natural plant systems.

THE GROWING IMPORTANCE OF CHINA/NEW ZEALAND COLLABORATIONS IN BIOSECURITY

December 15th, 2016 Growing trade and tourism between China and New Zealand are necessitating greater co-operation in the area of plant border biosecurity. The Better Border Biosecurity (B3) research collaboration and its partners are working hard to develop these.

B3 SCIENCE SUPPORTS WORLD FIRST PEST ERADICATION

December 1st, 2016 Scientific expertise drawn from the Better Border Biosecurity (B3) collaboration has helped drive the world-first eradication of the invasive great white butterfly.

BMSB-CURRENT OR PLANNED RESEARCH TO PREVENT ESTABLISHMENT AND REDUCE IMPACT IN NEW ZEALAND

September 23rd, 2016

TRIALLING NEW TARO TREATMENT FOR BETTER BORDER BIOSECURITY

September 22nd, 2016 Scientists from Better Border Biosecurity (B3) have been trialling a specially engineered high-pressure washing machine for taro to reduce invasive species entering New Zealand.

FUTURE-PROOFING NEW ZEALAND’S BORDER BIOSECURITY SYSTEM – THE ROLE OF BIOSECURITY 2025

September 6th, 2016 This article was published in the September 2016 issue (Volume 20 number 3) of ‘The Journal’ – issued by The New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management

B3 RESEARCH SUPPORTS MPI TO ADVANCE INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS FOR PREVENTING ‘HITCHHIKER’ PEST MOVEMENTS WITH SEA CONTAINERS

August 16th, 2016 B3 science made a notable contribution to advance the development of an International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM), to reduce the incidence of pests on sea containers, at a May 2016 meeting of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM).

BMSB SURVEILLANCE: AN INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION

June 21st, 2016 BMSB Surveillance International Collaboration: Supported by NZ US Invasive Species Working Group

UNIQUE PRE-EMPTIVE BIOCONTROL RISK ASSESSMENT FOR A HIGH RISK ORGANISM

June 17th, 2016 The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is a highly damaging crop and fruit pest that originates from Eastern Asia but has now established in most of the US and some parts of Europe.

REVIEW ARTICLES HIGHLIGHT INTERNATIONAL IMPORTANCE OF B3 RESEARCH

May 26th, 2016 Several recent publications in prestigious international journals highlight the high calibre and importance of work being produced by scientists involved in the Better Border Biosecurity (B3) collaboration.

B3 CONFERENCE 2016 FOCUSES ON THE FUTURE

May 20th, 2016 Approximately 150 plant border biosecurity professionals gathered at Te Papa, Wellington, last week (9-10 May) to discuss the research strategy required to underpin New Zealand’s biosecurity.

B3 RESEARCH CONTRIBUTES TO SUCCESSFUL PEST ERADICATIONS

April 8th, 2016 Better Border Biosecurity (B3) members are celebrating the official announcement of two pest eradications in December 2015, with a third successful eradication hopefully to be announced this year. B3 has worked collaboratively with MPI and other agencies to help successfully eradicate Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) from Grey Lynn and the Eucalyptus leaf beetle from Upper Hutt.

VALUABLE CONNECTIONS MADE WITH US RESEARCHERS THROUGH THE MBIE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS FUND

February 23rd, 2016 B3 (Border Biosecurity for Plant Pests and Diseases) and Landcare Research (New Tools and Technologies for Invasive Animal Management) have been funded for two years from the MBIE International Relationships Fund to help coordinate priority topics and cross-cutting action items for Invasive Species Research under the NZ-US Joint Commission on Science and Technology Collaboration (or JCM).

A NEW SCION-LED MBIE PROGRAMME

December 3rd, 2015 A new Scion-led MBIE programme, Protecting New Zealand’s primary sector from plant pests: a toolkit for the urban battlefield, has recently been funded.

KEEPING THE BROWN MARMORATED STINK BUG OUT OF NEW ZEALAND

December 1st, 2015

KEEPING OUR UNIQUE FAUNA SAFE FROM HARM

October 2nd, 2015 Understanding the potential risks to New Zealand’s invertebrate fauna will allow regulators to better assess new biological control agents before they are released into the New Zealand environment.

WHERE ARE WE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST PHYTOPHTHORA?

October 1st, 2015 Scientists across Scion, Landcare Research, Plant and Food Research and universities involved in the Better Border Biosecurity (B3) collaboration, are at the forefront of the battle to stop virulent Phytophthora pathogens from entering New Zealand.

NEW ZEALAND CONTRIBUTES TO FRUIT FLY RESEARCH

August 28th, 2015 Scientists from Plant & Food Research are working to protect New Zealand borders from future incursions of the Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) and support control of populations in areas of eastern Australia where it is a major pest of horticultural crops.

A NEW ZEALAND LINK TO THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

By A NEW ZEALAND LINK TO THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW May 25th, 2015 A national science collaboration, Better Border Biosecurity (B3), that involves four New Zealand Crown Research Institutes and Lincoln University, will play a small but important part in showcasing the biosecurity expertise of scientists to gardeners of the world.

PROTECTION FROM A STINKY PROBLEM

May 19th, 2015 Scientists are working together with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and industry to limit the potential for a new pest to establish in New Zealand – the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB).