Investment in science to understand the nature of significant biosecurity threats, and developing tools for their management should they arrive, is a big priority for the kiwifruit industry.
KVH and Zespri have established a Kiwifruit Biosecurity Steering Group with a goal of reducing the risk and impact of biosecurity incursions to the kiwifruit industry.
The steering group will identify knowledge gaps and prioritise research needs relating to kiwifruit biosecurity threats that are not yet established in New Zealand.
Associated with the steering group is the newly established Kiwifruit Biosecurity Research Portfolio. The portfolio is funded by the KVH biosecurity levy (with matching contributions by Zespri) and managed by Zespri Innovation.
The Biosecurity Steering Group will prioritise research to meet the following objectives;
Biosecurity Steering Group Members
|Elaine Gould||Zespri||Innovation Leader|
|Barry O'Neil||KVH||Chief Executive|
|Andrew Harrison||KVH||Biosecurity Manager|
|Matt Dyck||KVH||Biosecurity Analyst|
|Shane Max||Zespri||Orchard Productivity Manager|
|Suvi Viljanen-Rollinson||Plant & Food Research||Scientist|
|Robert Taylor||Ministry for Primary Industries||Senior Scientist|
|Christine Reed||Ministry for Primary Industries||Manager|
|Brad Siebert||Avocados NZ||Programme Manager|
|Rebecca Ganley||Scion||Research Leader|
|David Teulon||Plant & Food Research||B3 Director|