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UNDERSTANDING THE BIOSECURITY HAZARDS POSED BY SOIL ON FOOTWEAR

March 23rd, 2012 If you have travelled to New Zealand from overseas, you will probably know the time and energy that border officials spend to clean footwear and other items carried by passengers.

NEW TEST HELPS MAF DETERMINE PEST ORGANISM VIABILITY AT THE BORDER

March 2nd, 2012 You might assume that the biggest problem border officials face is identifying foreign organisms in order to determine whether they pose a biosecurity risk.

TECHNIQUE FOR RAPID ASSESSMENT OF HOST ACCEPTANCE BY SAP-SUCKING INSECT INVADERS

January 24th, 2012 Determining the degree to which an insect species feeds on different plant species is a critical test for biosecurity.

Molecular research helps scientists combat kiwifruit disease

December 21st, 2011 Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa) is a bacterial pathogen that causes the widespread death of kiwifruit vines.

NEW TECHNIQUE USES SEX AS A WEAPON TO ERADICATE INSECT PESTS

October 26th, 2011 B3’s Eradication and Response Theme aims to develop new insect pest eradication tools that will be effective as well as economically viable and socially acceptable.

DNA Barcoding Helps Protect New Zealand Borders

October 18th, 2011 Imagine if it was possible to identify any species instantly, simply by scanning it in the same way a loaf of bread is scanned at the supermarket checkout.

Interaction between science and policy: an essential driver for integrity and performance in New Zealand’s environment and economy

May 19th, 2011 Speech by Dr Stephen Goldson, Strategy Advisor to the Office of the Prime Minister’s Science Advisory Committee, to the MAF Policy, Science and Economics conference, 5 May 2011

BCANZ website provides valuable tool for managing introduced organisms

May 18th, 2011 The Biological Control Agents introduced to New Zealand (BCANZ) database is now available to help regulators and researchers find information on biological control agents that have been introduced to New Zealand to help manage weed and invertebrate pests.

Reflections on the process of Māori consultation as part an application to release a biological control agent

By Lisa Berndt (Scion) May 18th, 2011 The programme ‘Better Border Biosecurity’ (B3) is a partnership between research providers (AgResearch, Plant and Food Research, Scion and Lincoln University) and end users (MAF BNZ, ERMA New Zealand, Department of Conservation and the Forest Biosecurity Research Council).