June 22nd, 2017Scientists at Plant & Food Research, B3 (Better Border Biosecurity) and the University of Auckland have been researching Argentine ants to determine how odour and physical cues help them to forage for food.
New trans-tasman partnership takes the fight to myrtle rust
June 20th, 2017B3 partners, Plant & Food Research (PFR) and Scion, have been successful in the latest round of science investment funding from MBIE’s Catalyst Strategic Fund for a project addressing the threat of myrtle rust to New Zealand.
New Zealand scientists meet to mitigate the impact of myrtle rust
May 30th, 2017About 50 researchers met in Christchurch on 15 May to brain-storm science solutions with which to mitigate the impact of myrtle rust after the disease was found for the first time in New Zealand on Raoul Island (announced 4 April) and in the North Island (announced 4 May).
MYRTLE RUST INCURSION ON RAOUL ISLAND REINFORCES THE NEED FOR PREPAREDNESS AND VIGILANCE
April 7th, 2017The current myrtle rust incursion on the small New Zealand territory of Raoul Island (1050km north of Cape Reinga) is a severe wake-up call about the threat of invasive plant pathogens to our productive and natural plant systems.
THE GROWING IMPORTANCE OF CHINA/NEW ZEALAND COLLABORATIONS IN BIOSECURITY
December 15th, 2016Growing trade and tourism between China and New Zealand are necessitating greater co-operation in the area of plant border biosecurity. The Better Border Biosecurity (B3) research collaboration and its partners are working hard to develop these.
B3 SCIENCE SUPPORTS WORLD FIRST PEST ERADICATION
December 1st, 2016Scientific expertise drawn from the Better Border Biosecurity (B3) collaboration has helped drive the world-first eradication of the invasive great white butterfly.
BMSB-CURRENT OR PLANNED RESEARCH TO PREVENT ESTABLISHMENT AND REDUCE IMPACT IN NEW ZEALAND
September 23rd, 2016
TRIALLING NEW TARO TREATMENT FOR BETTER BORDER BIOSECURITY
September 22nd, 2016Scientists from Better Border Biosecurity (B3) have been trialling a specially engineered high-pressure washing machine for taro to reduce invasive species entering New Zealand.
FUTURE-PROOFING NEW ZEALAND’S BORDER BIOSECURITY SYSTEM – THE ROLE OF BIOSECURITY 2025
September 6th, 2016This article was published in the September 2016 issue (Volume 20 number 3) of ‘The Journal’ – issued by The New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management
B3 RESEARCH SUPPORTS MPI TO ADVANCE INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS FOR PREVENTING ‘HITCHHIKER’ PEST MOVEMENTS WITH SEA CONTAINERS
August 16th, 2016B3 science made a notable contribution to advance the development of an International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM), to reduce the incidence of pests on sea containers, at a May 2016 meeting of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM).
BMSB SURVEILLANCE: AN INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION
June 21st, 2016BMSB Surveillance International Collaboration: Supported by NZ US Invasive Species Working Group
UNIQUE PRE-EMPTIVE BIOCONTROL RISK ASSESSMENT FOR A HIGH RISK ORGANISM
June 17th, 2016The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is a highly damaging crop and fruit pest that originates from Eastern Asia but has now established in most of the US and some parts of Europe.