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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.