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THE INAUGURAL B3 CONFERENCE 2014

August 15th, 2014 “TEN YEARS ON – ADDING VALUE TO NEW ZEALAND’S PLANT BIOSECURITY SYSTEM THROUGH RESEARCH”

BUTTERFLY ERADICATION PROGRAM SHOWS ENCOURAGING SIGNS OF PROGRESS

July 29th, 2014 In May 2010, a species of butterfly never before recorded in New Zealand was discovered in a home garden near the Port of Nelson.

VISITING LUMINARY GIVES EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE ON BIOSECURITY RISK ASSESSMENT

April 15th, 2014 In August 2013, B3 sponsored a visit by ‘luminary’ John Mumford, Professor of Natural Resource Management at Imperial College London, United Kingdom to continue B3’s association with the leading European biosecurity research project known as PRATIQUE (Pest Risk Assessment Techniques).

LANDCARE RESEARCH JOINS B3 COLLABORATION

February 25th, 2014 In June 2013, Landcare Research joined the Better Border Biosecurity (B3) collaboration, enabling B3 to provide an even more coordinated and integrated approach to terrestrial plant border biosecurity.

B3 SYMPOSIUM LAUNCHES INTERNATIONAL PLANT SENTINEL NETWORK

February 13th, 2014 In October this year, the International Plant Sentinel Network (IPSN) was officially launched at the 5th Global Botanic Gardens Congress hosted by the Dunedin Botanic Gardens.

DEVELOPING TESTING REGIMES FOR THE IMPORTATION OF NEW MICROBIAL BIOLOGICAL CONTROL AGENTS

October 22nd, 2013 As part of the B3: Better Border Biosecurity’s Risk Assessment Theme, Dr Kirstin McLean, a scientist at the Bio-Protection Research Centre, has recently completed research that will help regulatory agencies assess the potential impacts of new microbial biocontrol agents on native ecosystems.

B3 COLLABORATES WITH OpERA ON ECO INVERTEBASE FOR BIOSAFETY RESEARCH

August 30th, 2013 A unique and comprehensive database called Eco Invertebase is helping New Zealand and overseas scientists to test the impact of various stressors such as biological control agents on native and valued introduced invertebrates.

Biogeochemical markers help determine point of origin for insect pest incursions

August 9th, 2013 “Has it just arrived or not?” and “Where is it from?” are questions biosecurity officials often ask when an exotic insect invader is discovered in New Zealand.

ADVANCES IN AERIAL SPRAYING CONTRIBUTE TO ERADICATION OF INSECT PESTS

November 27th, 2012 Dr. Tara Strand monitors the aerial spray field trial completed to quantify the interaction between the aircraft wake under different operating conditions (combinations of helicopter type, release height, and flying speed) and the pergola canopy.

INTERNATIONAL PLANT SENTINEL NETWORK HELPS IDENTIFY POTENTIAL INVASIVE PESTS

November 8th, 2012 It is estimated that 30-40% of the plant species grown in botanic gardens around the world are exotic species that originate from a different country or even landmass.

B3 RESEARCHERS PRESENT AT 24TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF ENTOMOLOGY

October 30th, 2012 In August, a group of B3 researchers travelled to Daegu, South Korea to present papers on their research at the 24th International Congress of Entomology.

TRAP CAMERAS COULD HELP EARLY PEST DETECTION

October 18th, 2012 Surveillance for the early detection of invasive species is costly and imperfect.