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Surveillance and Eradication

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

Theme Scope:

  • New surveillance methods: increased ability to detect species earlier by development of timely, cost-effective surveillance methods and improvements of surveillance sensitivity
  • Defining surveillance efficacy: increased understanding of and confidence in the effectiveness of surveillance programmes to enable better targeting and use of resources
  • New eradication tools: develop tools that maximise the likelihood of eradication, minimise adverse environmental and cultural impacts, and lie within public thresholds of acceptance for new technologies
  • New response decision tools: develop tools and strategies to enable rapid and robust decision making during a biosecurity response.


Current Projects

Remote sensing to support surveillance, response and eradication

Lead By Federico Tomasetto ([email protected]) . Duration: Project E21.18 runs from 2021 - June 2024 (3 Years)

Expanding our eradication toolbox in NZ: Is biocontrol a feasible tool to incorporate in a response?

Lead By Rachael Horner ([email protected]). Duration: Project E22.18 runs from 2022 - 2024 (2 Years)

eDNA for terrestrial biosecurity monitoring

Lead By Andrew Cridge ([email protected]) and Simon Bulman ([email protected]). Duration: Project E22.19 runs from 2022 - 2027 (5 Years)

Projects completed in 2022 / 2023

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

Lead By Flore Mas ([email protected]). Duration: Project E17.27 ran for five years from July 2017 – June 2022

Biosecurity excellence in port communities

Lead By John Kean ([email protected]). Duration: Project E17.28 ran for five years from July 2017 – June 2022

eDNA detection of invasive insects

Lead By Simon Bulman ([email protected]). Duration: Project E19.11 ran for three years from July 2019 – June 2022

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

Lead By Ashraf El Sayed ([email protected]). Duration: Project E19.12 ran for three years from July 2019 – June 2022

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

Lead By Lloyd Stringer ([email protected]). Duration: Project E17.31 ran for five years from July 2017 – June 2022

Improving UAV effectiveness for spot application of Btk during incursion responses

Lead By Justin Nairn ([email protected]). Duration: Project E21.17 ran for two years from June 2021 - June 2023, then one-year extension to June 2024.

Rapid response to biosecurity threats in nurseries

Lead By Emily McLay ([email protected]) . Duration: Project E20.5 runs from July 2020 - June 2023 (3 yrs)

New aerodynamic design principles for effective insect traps

Lead By Rachael Horner ([email protected]) . Duration: Project E20.8 runs for three years from July 2020 - June 2023
Jessica Vereijssen Theme E Leader
Jessica Vereijssen
Phone: 03 3259566