KVH and Zespri are funding a number of research programmes to better understand this pathogen and reduce the likelihood and consequence of impacts to the New Zealand industry.
Research proposals are currently being considered to sequence a number of ceratocystis strains, including the kiwifruit and sweet potato strains. This knowledge would significantly advance our knowledge of the pathogen and enable primers to be developed for rapid and accurate detection.
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
BMSB is a significant biosecurity threat, not only to the kiwifruit industry, but to multiple primary industries and New Zealand’s environment – click here for the BMSB fact sheet.
For this reason, there is an enormous amount of R&D coordinated at a national level which also taps into international R&D efforts.
KVH is a member of the MPI/Industry research group that overviews the R&D focus and priorities. Three priorities are developing effective traps and pheromones, ACVM approval of effective sprays and assessing biological control options.
However, KVH is also exploring further opportunities for jointly funded research through the Biosecurity Research Portfolio for areas specific to kiwifruit. One project is underway, to determine the impact of BMSB on “vine condition” in G3 and Hayward. This research is underway at the University of California Riverside with completion expected August 2016.
An update on KVH activities to mitigate the risk and associated consequence of BMSB can be found here. (15.03.16)