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Current Projects

Theme A - Risk Assessment (Intentional Introductions)

Improving risk prediction & reducing uncertainty pre-release for classical biocontrol agents

Lead By Gonzalo Avila (gonzalo.avila@plantandfoodresearch.co.nz). Duration: 2017-2022 (5 yrs) Theme A: Risk assessment – Intentional Introductions

Understanding the direct and indirect environmental impacts of biocontrol agent introductions to inform future decisions

Lead By Barbara Barratt (barbara.barratt@agresearch.co.nz). Duration: 2017-2022 (5 yrs) Theme A: Risk assessment – Intentional Introductions

Theme B - Risk Assessment (Unintentional Introductions)

Global change and NZ biosecurity: risks and economics of future climates and trade patterns

Lead By Nicolas Meurisse (nicolas.meurisse@scionresearch.com). Duration: July 2020 - June 2025 Theme B: Risk assessment – Unintentional Introductions

Xylella fastidiosa (Xf) and its New Zealand vectors

Lead By Jessica Dohmen-Vereijssen (jessica.vereijssen@plantandfood.co.nz). Duration: 5 years: July 2020 - June 2025 Theme B: Risk assessment – Unintentional Introductions

Supporting pest risk assessments in natural ecosystems

Lead By Barbara Barratt (barbara.barratt@agresearch.co.nz). Duration: July 2019 – June 2022 (3 yr) Theme B: Risk assessment – Unintentional Introductions

Predicting the risks and impacts of Xylella fastidiosa using sentinel plant network

Lead By Ronny Groenteman (GroentemanR@landcareresearch.co.nz). Duration: July 2019 – June 2022 (3 yr) Theme B: Risk assessment – Unintentional Introductions

Biosecurity over the horizon: identifying invasive agricultural pests in China

Lead By Colin Ferguson (colin.ferguson@agresearch.co.nz). Duration: July 2019 – June 2025 (5 yr) Theme B: Risk assessment – Unintentional Introductions

Theme C - Pathway Risk Management

Novel sensor approaches to sniff out biosecurity threats (BMSB, QFF)

Lead By Melissa Jordan. Duration: July 2017 – June 2022 (5 yr) Theme C: Pathway risk management

Theme D - Diagnostics

Point of use plant pathogen bioelectric sensor (PSA, Xylella)

Lead By Marion Wood. Duration: July 2017 – June 2021 (3 yr – false start) Theme D: Diagnostics

Using molecular systematics to enhance diagnostics and predict biosecurity risk (Completed in 2021)

Lead By Peter Johnston. Duration: July 2017 – June 2022 (5 yrs) Theme D: Diagnostics

Alternative Strategies for determination of biosecurity risk using high throughput sequencing (enterobacteriaceae & Xylella)

Lead By Sandra Visnovsky. Duration: July 2017 – June 2022 Theme D: Diagnostics

Confidence in stable isotopes to verify a high risk pest incursion as foreign or NZ established

Lead By Karen Armstrong. Duration: July 2019 – June 2022 (3 yr) Theme D: Diagnostics

Theme E - Surveillance and Eradication

Rapid Response to Biosecurity threats in Nurseries

Lead By Rebecca McDougal & Michael Watt (Scion). Duration: July 2020 - June 2023 Theme E - Surveillance, Response & Eradication

New Aerodynamic Design Principles for Effective Insect Traps

Lead By Rachael Horner (Plant And Food Research). Duration: July 2020 - June 2023 Theme E - Surveillance, Response & Eradication

Improving the attractiveness of cuelure for better detection and eradication of invasive fruit flies

Lead By Ashraf El Sayed. Duration: July 2019 – June 2022 (3 yr) Theme E: Eradication, Surveillance and Response

eDNA detection of invasive insects

Lead By Simon Bulman. Duration: July 2019 – June 2022 (3 yr) Theme E: Eradication, Surveillance and Response

Socially acceptable eradication tools underpinned by modelling for eradication (BMSB, QFF, Codling moth, SWD)

Lead By Lloyd Stringer. Duration: July 2017 – June 2022 (5 yr) Theme E: Eradication, Surveillance and Response

Biosecurity excellence in port communities

Lead By John Kean. Duration: July 2017 – June 2022 Theme E: Eradication, Surveillance and Response

Improved surveillance tools for key biosecurity targets (fruit flies, Gypsy moth)

Lead By Flore Mas. Duration: July 2017 – June 2022 (in part STOPPED) Theme E: Eradication, Surveillance and Response