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Biosecurity over the horizon: identifying invasive agricultural pests in China

Biosecurity outcome

  • A database insect pests of pasture and indigenous grasslands found in China (incl. impact, potential pathways) will be developed that will enable organisms of biosecurity concern to be identified
  • A proof-of-concept ‘Sentinel Plants Habitat’ risk assessment tool for insect pests will be developed and tested for grassland plant communities rather than single plant species

Science outcome

  • Information on the insect pest taxa and communities (incl. biology, impact) found in Chinese pastoral systems will be made accessible to non-Chinese researchers
  • The plant ‘plant communities’ approach for biosecurity risk assessment will be assessed using the Chinese pastoral system as a model. The ‘plant communities’ based risk approach will be compared and contrasted with current risk assessment approaches such as those targeting a single plant species only.


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Project leader Colin Ferguson (photo courtesy Southland Times)