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Science Themes

The B3 research programme is organised under five themes. This approach provides continuity with past activities, a framework for science leadership and management, and a transparent integration of research and operational activities.


Testing the toolbox – reducing uncertainty around non-target impacts

Lead By Jacqui Todd ([email protected]). Duration: Project A22.1: 2022 - 2025 (3 years)

He Waka Hourua: Matāuranga and Western science navigate a safe course for future biocontrol

Lead By Waipaina Awarau-Morris, Ngāti Porou iwi ([email protected]) David Teulon ([email protected]). Duration: Project A22.3 runs from 2022 - 2025 (3 years)
Theme A

Risk Assessment (Intentional Introductions)

Improved tools and methodologies for assessing risk and predicting impacts for intentional introductions.
Theme B

Risk Assessment (Unintentional Introductions)

Improved tools and methodologies for identifying hazards, assessing risk, predicting impacts and ascertaining where in the system mitigation measures are best targeted for unintentional introductions.
Theme C

Pathway Risk Management

Fit-for-purpose tools and methodologies for reducing risks along importation pathways.
Theme D


Fast, cost-effective, robust and accurate diagnostic methods and tools to enable informed biosecurity decisions.
Theme E

Surveillance, Response & Eradication

Tools and strategies for preparedness for and response to incursions of invasive plant pest species, including determining their presence or absence