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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.