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Pathway Risk Management

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

Theme Scope:

  • Detection tools: detection and sampling tools for use on importation pathways, data collection and analysis to refine criteria for directing pathway risk management efforts, and intelligence and profiling systems for risk detection
  • New risk reduction options: new interventions and strategies for reducing risk within a systems context
  • Verifying compliance and efficacy: methods for inspecting and verifying the integrity of pathway compliance within a systems approach.


Current Projects

Automatic detection of contaminants on shipping container exteriors

Lead By Munir Shah ( and Taylor Welsh ( Duration: 3 years (June 2021 - June 2024)

Unappreciated border biosecurity risks related to herbicide-resistant biotypes in imported seeds

Lead By Chris Buddenhagen ( . Duration: 3 years (June 2021 - June 2024)

Rapid screening model for optimising commodity treatments (New in 2022)

Lead By Kambiz Esfandi ( Duration: 2022 - 2027 (5 years)

De-risking the plant tissue culture pathway (New in 2022)

Lead By Hayley Ridgeway ( Duration: 2022 - 2023 (1 year)

Accelerated aging of plants to shorten the post-entry quarantine testing period (New in 2022)

Lead By Rebekah Frampton ( Duration: 2022 - 2027 (5 years)

The risk of diapausing pest insects on pathways to NZ (New in 2022)

Lead By Jessica Vereijssen ( Duration: 2022 - 2026 (4 years)

Projects completed in 2022

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

Lead By Melissa Jordan. Duration: July 2017 – June 2022 (5 yr), then extended from 2022 - 2024.
Nicolas Meurisse Theme C Leader
Nicolas Meurisse
Phone: 07 343 5899