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Biosecurity News
23 February 2017
Keep it up!
23 February 2017
KVH is so grateful for the vigilance of the members of the public who identified pests and alerted MPI. We have also had a Gisborne kiwifruit grower send through photographs of some...
Keep it up!
23 February 2017

KVH is so grateful for the vigilance of the members of the public who identified pests and alerted MPI. We have also had a Gisborne kiwifruit grower send through photographs of some suspicious-looking nymphs this week. Thankfully, we were able to identify these as the New Zealand native Pittosporum Shield Bug. It is great to have the support of the public in keeping these problematic pests out of New Zealand.

 
KVH, MPI and other GIA signatories are working on a number of initiatives to reduce the risk of BMSB including:
 
  1. Readiness and Response arrangements under GIA – establishing what we need to do to prepare for this threat, how we respond and how we share costs.
  2. Research efforts to mitigate risk and impact - KVH is a member of the MPI/Industry research group that oversees R&D focus and priorities. Three priorities are developing effective traps and pheromones, ACVM approval of effective sprays and assessing biological control options. One of these biological control options is promising and we aim to have pre-emptive approval for release later this year, meaning that if BMSB were to establish we would have a control tool at our disposal.
  3. Working with importers - KVH is visiting importers of machinery such as graders, mulchers and tractors, to ensure staff are aware of biosecurity hygiene and what pests to keep an eye out for.
  4. Communications to increase the likelihood of early detection – KVH is co-funding a BMSB communications campaign with MPI and other GIA partners, to raise public awareness and increase the likelihood of early detection through passive surveillance. The campaign includes digital and print advertising deployed through a number of channels targeting potential pathway entries for BMSB. This includes passenger (e-ticket advertising, and signage at Auckland International Airport), mail (advertising targeting overseas shopping on eBay and NZ Post) and industry partners, magazines and journals. KVH is strengthening awareness within the kiwifruit industry, associated industries such as the Port of Tauranga and the freight and logistics sector, and with members of the public. This includes school and polytechnic presentations visits utilising our display specimens, Bulletin & Kiwifruit Journal articles, fridge magnets, calendars, wall planners, and presentations at Zespri Roadshows (updates included at upcoming Roadshows next week).
 
Growers are a key line of defence – you are best-placed to spot invaders early on. Please keep an eye out for any unusual pests and call us on 0800 665 825 or send us photographs to info@kvh.org.nz if you find anything of concern. An updated fact sheet on BMSB can be found on the KVH website.
Biosecurity News
23 February 2017
Other border news
23 February 2017
• MPI screened 684,407 air passengers for biosecurity risk in January, an increase of more than 10% (64,121) from January 2016. It intercepted some 12,600 biosecurity risk items in January. Of...
Other border news
23 February 2017
• MPI screened 684,407 air passengers for biosecurity risk in January, an increase of more than 10% (64,121) from January 2016. It intercepted some 12,600 biosecurity risk items in January. Of these, 1,829 were undeclared.
 
• As well as an increase in the number of travellers, MPI has also seen an increase in the number of travellers bringing food into New Zealand. This not only presents a biosecurity risk, it can also take hours to process which consumes precious border resources. A traveller from Malaysia recently declared a suitcase full of food, in which MPI found four mangoes infested with fruit fly larvae.
 
• MPI reports that its new cruise ship accreditation scheme is working well to improve passenger compliance. The seizure rate from accredited vessels is half of that of unaccredited. Vessels can achieve accreditation by demonstrating they manage biosecurity risk; they benefit by receiving faster passenger processing. So far this year there have been 216 risk items seized from cruise ships. Most interceptions involved fresh produce (56 percent), which has the potential to host fruit fly.
 
• MPI has introduced tougher scrutiny for Transitional Facilities (an importer that can unload containers on their premises). It is now unlikely to approve new applications for TFs that plan to receive fewer than 10 containers a year. KVH supports this move as part of a wider effort to improve biosecurity management on these pathways.
 
• Research in the United States has shown that dogs can be trained to sniff out BMSB so MPI has been conducting trials to train dogs here in New Zealand. If successful, this will be a valuable tool for use in any future incursions.
Biosecurity News
23 February 2017
Red alert for stink bug
23 February 2017
MPI has been investigating two recent discoveries of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). Both investigations relate to single adults found in hotel rooms by staff. One was found in Whitianga and the...
Red alert for stink bug
23 February 2017
MPI has been investigating two recent discoveries of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). Both investigations relate to single adults found in hotel rooms by staff. One was found in Whitianga and the other in New Plymouth. The discoveries appear to be unrelated. Investigators have concluded each bug hitch-hiked in luggage with travellers from the United States. In each case, MPI investigators and survey teams have found no further individuals.
 
BMSB is a serious horticultural pest, considered number 2 on Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted biosecurity threats (after fruit fly). There are no market access impacts from this pest, however, it can cause serious production impacts, including fruit loss reported to be in the region of 30 percent.
 
These investigations reflect the fact BMSB pressure at the border has been at an all-time high this summer. MPI staff have intercepted a record number of both dead and live bugs.
 
  • MPI says there have been 44 separate BMSB “interception events” this summer, of which 38 involved containers from Italy. Some of these interception events contained numerous individuals. While the majority were dead, almost 30 percent were alive on arrival.
  • BMSB is currently undergoing a population explosion in Europe, similar to the situation in the United States 5 to 10 years ago. These detections reflect that shift in risk and will be of particular interest to kiwifruit growers because of the industry’s links to Europe. We must be vigilant when receiving any visitors or imports from Italy. 
Biosecurity News
9 February 2017
Post-harvest Biosecurity for Packhouses
9 February 2017
The post-harvest protocols have been updated for 2017 and are now available on the KVH website.  Postharvest Biosecurity Risk Management Plans must be signed off before harvest commences this...
Post-harvest Biosecurity for Packhouses
9 February 2017
The post-harvest protocols have been updated for 2017 and are now available on the KVH website.  Postharvest Biosecurity Risk Management Plans must be signed off before harvest commences this season. The plans must be submitted to KVH by Monday 27th February. Please email these to karyn.lowry@kvh.org.nz
 
All bins in all regions must be clear of plant material and sanitised pre-season and between orchards. For sanitiser options refer to KVH Information Sheet: Sanitisers.
 
There are additional requirements for postharvest operators moving bins between regions. Refer to KVH Protocol: Fruit Bins.
 
Biosecurity News
9 February 2017
White Peach Scale notification
9 February 2017
We’ve had an excellent response to our calls for vigilance when handling imported fruit.    On February 3, the KVH team received a call from an importer who suspected White Peach...
White Peach Scale notification
9 February 2017
We’ve had an excellent response to our calls for vigilance when handling imported fruit. 
 
On February 3, the KVH team received a call from an importer who suspected White Peach Scale on some Italian fruit. We worked with Plant and Food Research to verify that it was White Peach Scale – a pest which is currently not present in NZ - all scale were dead.   The pallet of fruit in question had been fumigated prior to Christmas. MPI fumigated fewer lines of Italian kiwifruit this year than last; a reflection on the lower incidence of White Peach Scale identified at the border this year. 
 
It is gratifying to see industry vigilance in identifying and reporting this pest and that the border controls in place are offering effective protection to the industry. If you need a reminder on how to handle sightings of what you suspect might be damaging pests on imported fruit, have a look at our biosecurity poster
 
Grower News
9 February 2017
Report suspicious symptoms
9 February 2017
If growers notice unusual symptoms - including those that are Psa-like but don’t return a positive Psa test – please contact KVH. Additional testing can be arranged.   Previous...
Report suspicious symptoms
9 February 2017
If growers notice unusual symptoms - including those that are Psa-like but don’t return a positive Psa test – please contact KVH. Additional testing can be arranged.
 
Previous investigations have identified a number of endophytic or environmental bacteria and fungal species that have likely entered vines through wounds. Samples are also screened for other Psa strains as well as cherry leaf roll virus. 
 
The Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS) launched as a biosecurity standard for kiwifruit rootstock production also has targeted measures in place to identify organisms other than Psa. This helps reduce the likelihood of nursery plants spreading risk organisms through the industry. Information on symptoms and control measures are available in the KPCS document Target organisms and associated controls.
 
As our understanding of biosecurity risks to the kiwifruit industry evolves, there is provision within the scheme for other target organisms, beyond Psa-V, to be added. The KVH phone number is 
0800 665825.
Grower News
9 February 2017
Zespri Innovation Fellowship
9 February 2017
The Zespri Innovation Fellowships are offered to build awareness of the kiwifruit industry as an exciting career option, to encourage further research into kiwifruit and related fields, and to...
Zespri Innovation Fellowship
9 February 2017
The Zespri Innovation Fellowships are offered to build awareness of the kiwifruit industry as an exciting career option, to encourage further research into kiwifruit and related fields, and to encourage capability building. 
 
There are numerous exciting opportunities and careers in the kiwifruit industry. Science students with an interest in undertaking research in horticulture - particularly in the areas of biosecurity, new cultivars data management, health and nutrition, and manipulating fruit taste and quality - can find more information or apply here.
 
Grower News
9 February 2017
Support our talented young horticulturalists
9 February 2017
Come along to the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition at the Te Puke A&P Show this weekend and show your support for young horticulturalists. The six contestants will battle it out in a...
Support our talented young horticulturalists
9 February 2017
Come along to the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition at the Te Puke A&P Show this weekend and show your support for young horticulturalists. The six contestants will battle it out in a series of theoretical and practical horticultural activities during this fun and challenging full-day event. The competition starts at 9am and culminates with a speech contest at the gala dinner and awards ceremony on Wednesday 15 February at ASB Arena.  
Click here for more information.
 
Biosecurity News
9 February 2017
Queensland Fruit Fly Australian visit
9 February 2017
At the end of January, KVH chief executive Barry O’Neil visited Sydney Fruit Fly University Researchers. He travelled with MPI’s GIA Manager Steve Rich. They met formally with the...
Queensland Fruit Fly Australian visit
9 February 2017
At the end of January, KVH chief executive Barry O’Neil visited Sydney Fruit Fly University Researchers. He travelled with MPI’s GIA Manager Steve Rich. They met formally with the Australian National Fruit Fly Council to better understand the issues and approach Australians are taking in the control of Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF). Barry and Steve also wanted to identify areas for collaboration, including joint research efforts for combined interests in the battle against QFF.  
 
Barry says: “QFF is the No 1 risk on our industry’s unwanted biosecurity threat list. Last year we entered into a partnership with MPI and other horticulture sectors to ensure we are doing everything we can to continue to keep New Zealand QFF-free.  This agreement is not just about being fully ready to respond, but also looking at how we can improve our current approach”. 
 
He says it’s naturally not a scenario anyone wants to entertain, but if New Zealand ever ended up with a large breeding population of QFF the Australian experience would prove valuable. “We would need to consider use of sterile males as is happening in Australia, and is common practice around the world in countries were fruit fly present.”
 
Female fruit fly only mate once, so once large numbers of sterile males are released the population collapses. 
 
Meetings at Macquarie University ARC Centre for fruit fly research and the Elizabeth Macarthur Agriculture Institute, which currently rears the sterile males, provided a better understanding of the role sterile males could play in a New Zealand eradication program in the future and the arrangements that would be needed. 
 
Grower News
9 February 2017
Wanted: Stink Bugs
9 February 2017
Researchers at Plant and Food Te Puke want your stink bugs!  If you find stink bugs such as the Green Vegetable Bug (Nezara viridula) as pictured, please collect them. These can be found found...
Wanted: Stink Bugs
9 February 2017
Researchers at Plant and Food Te Puke want your stink bugs! 
If you find stink bugs such as the Green Vegetable Bug (Nezara viridula) as pictured, please collect them. These can be found found year-round in New Zealand gardens. In orchards stink bugs are often found on fruiting weeds such as black nightshade (Solanum nigrum), in the sward, shelterbelts and gully margins, and even on vines. They can produce a significant odour when disturbed. 
 
The Green Vegetable Bug offers valuable insights for scientists who are able to use it as a stand-in for the highly-problematic Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). The BMSB is not present in New Zealand but is a major biosecurity threat. 
 
Aleise Puketapu from Plant and Food Research says: “Our research is in preparation for a likely incursion of BMSB in New Zealand. BMSB poses a real threat to the country and to the kiwifruit industry so we all need to be on our toes”.
 
If you can supply stink bugs or would like more information about them, please contact Aleise on Aleise.Puketapu@plantandfood.co.nz or (07) 928 9827.
If you think you have encountered a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, contact MPI urgently on 0800 80 99 66.  
 
Biosecurity News
26 January 2017
Preparing for fruit fly
26 January 2017
KVH and the other signatories who signed the Operational Agreement (OA) for fruit flies, last year agreed on the approach to readiness and response activities. While getting to this point was a...
Preparing for fruit fly
26 January 2017


KVH and the other signatories who signed the Operational Agreement (OA) for fruit flies, last year agreed on the approach to readiness and response activities. While getting to this point was a significant achievement in itself, it has also led to a review of areas that can be improved.

A technical working group has been established to progress the readiness and response technical improvements that have been agreed, of which the priorities are;
  • Optimising the current surveillance programme for early detection. New Zealand maintains a world class surveillance grid for fruit fly that involves over 7500 traps, which has successfully resulted in early detection of fruit fly on nine occasions enabling eradication.  But are there opportunities for further improvement, including locations, period, and lures that are used in the traps?
  • Pre-agreeing the major risks in a response and identifying opportunities to reduce cost associated with low risk activities.  Examples during the Grey Lynn response include managing risk associated with major sporting events and supermarkets located within the controlled area.  Understanding true risk associated with these activities will enable us to manage the risks appropriately.
  • Reviewing the current Fruit Fly Response Standard. Are there opportunities to enhance this standard using new technology or best practice developed internationally, or our own learnings from recent responses?  Are there any activities that are not required which could result in a future eradication being undertaken successfully, without having to spend $1.5 million responding to the detection of a single fruit fly?
KVH is well represented in this process, with Barry O’Neil serving as chairman of the Fruit Fly Council which oversees the Operational Agreement, and Matt Dyck as an observer on the Technical Working Group tasked with delivering projects to improve our readiness and response capability.
 
Company Notices
26 January 2017
KVH board farewells Lorry Leydon
26 January 2017
  The KVH board would like to acknowledge the work of Lorry Leydon, who has been an associate board director for the past two years. Lorry’s reflections from his time on the board are...
KVH board farewells Lorry Leydon
26 January 2017
 
The KVH board would like to acknowledge the work of Lorry Leydon, who has been an associate board director for the past two years. Lorry’s reflections from his time on the board are below:
 
“It seems a long time ago when I walked in to my first board meeting at KVH. It was an exciting opportunity for me, and I was looking forward to observing how the cogs turned in the inner sanctum of the boardroom. My experience from that very first day was of an extremely cohesive board, committed to the New Zealand kiwifruit industry.
 
My two years on the board has overseen a transition period for KVH, where the primary focus has gradually shifted from Psa-V to the wider realm of biosecurity. As we move out of the shadow of Psa, it is important to remember the lessons we have learned, and ensure that we remain vigilant to all possible threats. It is essential that growers don’t become complacent, and that KVH is supported in their role to protect New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry from biosecurity threats.
 
I would like to thank KVH for the initiative in developing an associate director role – this is a rare opportunity which has given me a great experience in governance and leadership. I would also like to thank my fellow directors for their guidance and tutelage over the last few years. Lastly, I would like to thank the whole team at KVH, and acknowledge their hard work and dedication on behalf of the kiwifruit industry.”
 

 

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