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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.