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B3 seeks Collaboration Council chair

March 20th, 2023 Independent chair for governance council

New Director for B3

February 12th, 2023 Desi Ramoo

BMSB 3D-printed to raise awareness

February 2nd, 2023 B3 and Canterbury University collaboration

Learn about our mahi

February 1st, 2023 B3 Annual Report

B3 Summer Students

January 26th, 2023 Fostering biosecurity's future

Forum brings together biosecurity community

November 9th, 2022 Science Partnership Forum

B3 win Biosecurity NZ Science Award 2022

November 3rd, 2022 Championing biosecurity in Aotearoa

Fall armyworm podcast

October 11th, 2022 'Cut the Crop' podcast

Enhancing international research co-ordination

October 4th, 2022 B3 / Euphresco/PBRI

B3 in Biosecurity Award finals

September 27th, 2022 Recognising biosecurity champions

NZ Plant Protection Society’s 75th Birthday

August 23rd, 2022 B3 part of celebrations

Substantial new biosecurity science investment

July 15th, 2022 $4 million for new projects

B3 Director stepping down in October

June 29th, 2022 "It's been hugely fulfilling'

International Congress on Biological Invasions (ICBI2023) and B3 conference

June 20th, 2022 May 1 - 5, 2023.

International research collaboration

May 17th, 2022 Protecting plants, people and our place together

B3 steps up research to face fall armyworm

May 5th, 2022 Supporting the collective effort

Repatriation of ngā tupu taketake ō Tāne

April 20th, 2022 Taonga returned home

Researcher made Royal Society Fellow

April 7th, 2022 Excellence in biocontrol of introduced pests

MOU between the UC and B3

March 29th, 2022 MOU to strengthen relationship

Research key to new protection against BMSB

March 23rd, 2022 Ethyl formate (EF) approved as border treatment

Last year’s successes and impacts

February 28th, 2022 B3 Annual Report now online

Outputs from BMSB Symposium

February 24th, 2022 Find out about work to STOP BMSB establishing

Starting 2022 with congratulations

January 16th, 2022 Scientists and collaborators celebrated

Science partnership with MPI

December 22nd, 2021 MPI/B3 partnership featured

New Summer Students

December 13th, 2021 Students join research programme

Biocontrol research in the spotlight

November 30th, 2021 Preparing for potential incursions

Xylella project highlighted

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

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.


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.