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Research in the spotlight

November 29th, 2021 Xylella & sentinel plant networks

2022 investment round

November 22nd, 2021 Deadline for concepts: 21 January 2022

Science Partnership Forum

November 15th, 2021 Forum brings biosecurity whānau together

International Congress on Biological Invasions (ICBI)

November 7th, 2021 Now September 2022 - Save the date

B3 researchers win awards

September 11th, 2021 Researcher, international collaborator and PhD student awarded

$1.6 million for new projects

August 25th, 2021 New research to protect Aotearoa’s plants

B3 project to improve Xylella readiness

August 5th, 2021 B3 project focused on Xylella readiness

New Cultural Biosecurity Ambassador roopū

August 1st, 2021 Cultural Ambassadors to champion biosecurity and lead thinking

Register for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Symposium

July 21st, 2021 Connect with BMSB researchers and share ideas to better prepare New Zealand.

Fostering future plant biosecurity community

July 12th, 2021 B3 sponsors PhD session at Plant Science Central conference to foster emerging researchers.

Students learn to be biosecurity guardians

June 22nd, 2021 A biosecurity game developed by B3 is educating the community about the range and impact of plant pests and pathogens in Aotearoa.

B3 conference brings biosecurity community together

June 14th, 2021 The fourth B3 conference gave the plant border biosecurity community a chance to gather in person for the first time since the start of the COVID pandemic.

OVER 70 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE FAREWELLED FROM B3 IN LATE 2020

April 9th, 2021 Towards the end of 2020, B3 said good bye to a number of retiring colleagues, all of whom made substantial contributions to the collaboration in recent years.

B3 Conference 2021 Registration Open

March 10th, 2021 Registrations are open for the B3 Conference May 17 - 18, 2021 being held in Wellington.

B3 Māori Research Leader Appointed

February 17th, 2021 Alby Marsh has been appointed as B3’s Māori Research Leader.

Three Summer Students Assisting With B3 Research Projects

December 14th, 2020 Three summer students are adding their enthusiasm and expertise to the B3 team over the coming months assisting researchers with their projects.

University of Canterbury Engineering Students Investigate Novel Way to Protect Our Borders From Biosecurity Threats

December 4th, 2020 A group of engineering students from the University of Canterbury has worked with AgResearch scientist Mark McNeill to develop technology that can detect external contamination on shipping containers while not impacting on port operations. 

B3 Science Partnership Forum a Success

October 22nd, 2020 B3 hosted a successful and productive virtual Science Partnership Forum on 15 October, with over 80 participants taking part in the day-long event.

29 October Presentation: Bees as Biosecurity Monitors

October 21st, 2020 B3 hosted a presentation by Dr Andrew Cridge on 29 October about bees as biosecurity monitors. His presentation is now available online.

Biosecurity Trail at Auckland Botanic Gardens a Finalist at the Biosecurity Awards

September 23rd, 2020 The Biosecurity Trail at the Auckland Botanic Gardens has been selected as a finalist in the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards.

Building up Understanding of Xylella fastidiosa

August 30th, 2020 Better Border Biosecurity (B3) has started work on a new five-year project looking at Xylella fastidiosa (Xf), and its New Zealand vectors. Xf is a serious invasive pathogen currently spreading through the world and is of serious concern for many NZ productive sectors as well as the natural estate.

New Zealand Scientists Contribute to New Paper on Science Diplomacy for Plant Health

August 17th, 2020 B3 Director David Teulon is among several New Zealand researchers, including Veronica Herrera and Aurelie Castinel from MPI, to contribute to an article about science diplomacy for plant health, published last week in Nature Plants.

New Zealand scientists share knowledge with their global peers

August 2nd, 2020 Scientists in Aotearoa are collaborating and learning from experts across the globe about plants, pests and diseases.

New Projects Add to Research Line-up for the Better Border Biosecurity (B3) Science Collaboration

July 24th, 2020 Six new plant border biosecurity projects started in July 2020, adding to an already extensive suite of work currently being led by New Zealand’s B3 research collaboration.

B3 Virtual Research Update Meetings a Success

June 30th, 2020 A set of virtual meetings that included up to 100 people involved with, and interested in the work of New Zealand’s Better Border Biosecurity (B3) research collaboration has been heralded a success with plans for a repeat of event in the future already under way.

Trans-Tasman Plant Border Biosecurity Research Partners Looks to Strengthen Their Collaboration

June 22nd, 2020 The value and importance of trans-Tasman biosecurity research connections between Australia’s Plant Biosecurity Research Institute (PBRI) and New Zealand’s Better Border Biosecurity (B3) have been affirmed and strengthened following a recent virtual meeting of the organisations’ Chairs and Directors.

Facing Covid -19 and future pandemics. What can we learn from New Zealand’s biosecurity system?

By David Teulon June 16th, 2020 Moving forward, an important question raised by COVID-19 now facing New Zealand, is, how will the country be able to interact with the outside world without risking further infection from this or future pandemics?

Holden Hohaia and Melanie Mark-Shadbolt appointed to the B3 Collaboration Council

June 8th, 2020 The Better Border Biosecurity (B3) research collaboration has appointed two Māori members, Holden Hohaia and Melanie Mark-Shadbolt, to its Collaboration Council.

B3 under COVID-19 A message to our community April 2020

By David Teulon and James Buwalda April 14th, 2020 This update from the Better Border Biosecurity (B3) Collaboration Council Chair James Buwalda and Director David Teulon outlines the collaboration’s response to the current COVID-19 situation.

International Year of Plant Health Underway in New Zealand

February 21st, 2020 The United Nations’ has declared 2020 to be the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH), which aims to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.

Strategy refresh for B3 underway

February 11th, 2020 A strategy refresh for B3 - New Zealand’s largest single provider of plant border biosecurity science outcomes - is underway and will be implemented within the next six to 12 months.

First B3 Co-Investment Committee Meeting a Success

January 13th, 2020 The first meeting of B3’s Co-Investment Committee was held in Lincoln at the end of 2019, with strong support coming from industry and MPI for the initiative, according to Director David Teulon.

B3 Awards and Recognition

By David Teulon December 16th, 2019 Barbara Barratt’s more than four decades of dedication to research has been recognised with the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award by Science New Zealand.

Video shows how live traps can be used for adult brown marmorated stink bugs

December 2nd, 2019 A video showing Dr Max Suckling talking about the traps can be viewed here.

European Connections

By David Teulon December 2nd, 2019 B3 Director David Teulon’s recent visit to Europe has strengthened critical research connections with networks working in the areas of plant biosecurity.

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.