Develop appropriate ‘fit for purpose’ pre-border disinfestation treatment systems that reduce non-compliance for imports and the risk of establishment of unwanted organisms by:
- Improving the uptake of temperature treatments that target fruit flies and a range of contaminants by developing product tolerant protocols (Obj 1);
- Developing an x-ray system for disinfesting a range of commodities off-shore to enable safe importation of commodities into NZ (Obj 2);
- Developing systems approaches for controlling a range of high impact pests and contaminants using multiple risk mitigation technologies e.g. pest removal systems (high pressure washing) and temperature treatments (Obj 3).
Key end users/stakeholders
Implementation: Knowledge and methods for disinfestation treatments taken up directly by collaborating institutions (SROS, MAFS, Ah Liki) in the Pacific. Horizons for the development of x-ray systems are longer term and are likely to inform future B3 (or other investment) research.