Tuesday, 21 June, 2016 - 11:36

BMSB Surveillance International Collaboration: Supported by NZ US Invasive Species Working Group

B3 funded PhD student Laura Nixon (Lincoln University) has been working with USDA collaborators on volatile emissions from BMSB for better detection of the pest at ports and in sea-freight containers


Friday, 17 June, 2016 - 15:05

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is a highly damaging crop and fruit pest that originates from Eastern Asia but has now established in most of the US and some parts of Europe. Outbreaks in the US over the last 6 years have caused extensive damage to commercial fruit orchards there, and have many in New Zealand concerned about the insect’s potential establishment here.

BMSB has already been captured both dead and alive at the New Zealand border on vehicles, sea containers, air freight and passenger luggage. While every effort is being made to intercept these invaders, the border biosecurity community, including B3 scientists, are also being proactive in researching options if it does establish here, so that a response can be immediate and effective.


Thursday, 26 May, 2016 - 14:14

Number of insect eradication programmes per country (data from Global Eradication and Response Database, b3.net.nz/gerda)


Friday, 20 May, 2016 - 14:07

 Approximately 150 plant border biosecurity professionals gathered at Te Papa, Wellington, last week (9-10 May) to discuss the research strategy required to underpin New Zealand’s biosecurity. 


Friday, 8 April, 2016 - 14:25

Better Border Biosecurity (B3) members are celebrating the official announcement of two pest eradications in December 2015, with a third successful eradication hopefully to be announced this year. B3 has worked collaboratively with MPI and other agencies to help successfully eradicate Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) from Grey Lynn and the Eucalyptus leaf beetle from Upper Hutt. The great white butterfly has not been detected for 15 months in the Nelson Tasman region and official eradication will hopefully be confirmed this year.

Queensland fruit fly


Tuesday, 23 February, 2016 - 09:23

B3 (Border Biosecurity for Plant Pests and Diseases) and Landcare Research (New Tools and Technologies for Invasive Animal Management) have been funded for two years from the MBIE International Relationships Fund to help coordinate priority topics and cross-cutting action items for Invasive Species Research under the NZ-US Joint Commission on Science and Technology Collaboration (or JCM).


Thursday, 3 December, 2015 - 09:31

A new Scion-led MBIE programme, Protecting New Zealand’s primary sector from plant pests: a toolkit for the urban battlefield, has recently been funded.  The programme directly supports export growth targets of New Zealand’s primary production sectors and export growth aspirations of government by addressing three key requirements needed for effective pest eradication (1) early detection through improved surveillance, (2) new eradication methods that can replace broadcast aerial spraying; and, (3) risk communication and engagement strategies....

Tuesday, 1 December, 2015 - 09:12

Nixon, L; Brockerhoff, E.;  Goldson, S; Rostas, M. 2015. Keeping the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug out of New Zealand. Forest Health News. Scion, Rotorua.

Tuesday, 3 November, 2015 - 13:35


Back in August, B3 hosted the inaugural ‘B3 Hui’ alongside representatives of each of the partner organisations. The one-day Hui was held...

Friday, 2 October, 2015 - 08:24

Acknowledgement:  Biological Control 80 (2015) 77- 88

Understanding the potential risks to New Zealand’s invertebrate fauna will allow regulators to better assess new biological control agents before they are released into the New Zealand environment.


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