Friday, 20 May, 2016 - 15:07

 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 - 15:25

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 - 10:23

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 - 10:31

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 - 10:12

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 - 14:35


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 - 09:24

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.


Thursday, 1 October, 2015 - 09:12


Kauri leaves sprayed with phosphite, showing visible phytotoxic burn symptoms.


Scientists across ...

Friday, 28 August, 2015 - 15:59

 Photo credit: James Nyland, Australia"


Scientists from Plant & Food Research are working to protect New Zealand borders from future incursions of the Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) and support control of populations in areas of eastern Australia where it is a major pest of horticultural crops.


Monday, 25 May, 2015 - 11:04

A national science collaboration, Better Border Biosecurity (B3), that involves four New Zealand Crown Research Institutes and Lincoln University, will play a small but important part in showcasing the biosecurity expertise of scientists to gardeners of the world.

The world-famous Chelsea Flower Show (May 19-23) is hosting an exhibit called 'Beyond our borders' that highlights how sentinel trees are being used to detect plant pest and disease threats across the world through the International Plant Sentinel Network (IPSN) ( The IPSN is co-ordinated by Botanic Gardens Conservations International (BGCI), led by Fera and funded by the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs through the European Phytosanitary Research Coordination (EUPHRESCO).

Nigel Bell, B3 project leader for the sentinel plants project, and the AgResearch Soil Biology team leader, is the New Zealand co-ordinator for the IPSN. The developing network consists of contributing global organisations whose aim is to provide an early warning system for new and emerging pest and pathogen risks. In New Zealand B3 researchers from AgR, Scion, Plant and Food Research and Landcare Research are...

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