USING DIAGNOSTIC MARKERS FOR THE EARLY DETECTION OF CROP DISEASES
June 28th, 2012A team of researchers led by Dr Kerry Everett at Plant and Food Research is using diagnostic markers to quickly detect horticultural diseases in New Zealand, preventing their further spread and enabling New Zealand exporters to maintain market access overseas.
HOW CAN WE USE AND MANAGE OUR RESOURCES – BIOSECURITY
June 14th, 2012Speech by Dr Stephen Goldson, Strategy Advisor to the Office of the Prime Minister’s Science Advisory Committee and the Director of the Better Border Biosecurity Collaboration to the Transit of Venus Forum Gisborne, 7 June 2012
EUROPEAN UNION BIOSECURITY EXPERT SHARES LESSONS LEARNED WITH NEW ZEALAND SCIENTISTS
May 1st, 2012In March, Dr Richard Baker, the coordinator and science leader for a leading European biosecurity research programme known as PRATIQUE (Pest Risk Assessment Techniques), visited New Zealand to discuss the initiative he has been leading and lessons from this work that are applicable to this country.
UNDERSTANDING THE BIOSECURITY HAZARDS POSED BY SOIL ON FOOTWEAR
March 23rd, 2012If 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, 2012You 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, 2012Determining 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, 2011Pseudomonas 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, 2011B3’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, 2011Imagine 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, 2011Speech 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, 2011The 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, 2011The 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).