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Biosecurity News
9 July 2015
Biosecurity budget
9 July 2015
In addition to the new border clearance levy announced in the recent budget an additional $24.9 million to fund a range of new biosecurity initiatives was also confirmed. These activities...
Biosecurity budget
9 July 2015

In addition to the new border clearance levy announced in the recent budget an additional $24.9 million to fund a range of new biosecurity initiatives was also confirmed. These activities include:

  • Improving NZ’s import health standards to ensure they continue to keep pace with changing science and focus on our highest priorities.
  • Greater auditing of other countries’ systems to ensure they are compliant with NZ’s unique biosecurity requirements.
  • Expanding the biosecurity detector dog capability to manage border risk.
  • Introducing more x-ray machines to allow for faster screening of increasing passenger volumes.
Biosecurity News
9 July 2015
Border clearance levy - consultation underway
9 July 2015
Consultation with primary industry stakeholders is also underway for the new border clearance levy that was recently announced in the Government’s 2015 budget. This levy, in the form of a...
Border clearance levy - consultation underway
9 July 2015

Consultation with primary industry stakeholders is also underway for the new border clearance levy that was recently announced in the Government’s 2015 budget.

This levy, in the form of a passenger surcharge, will provide sustainable funding for New Zealand's biosecurity system and increased protection at the border; and KVH is fully supportive of this levy.

Last week KVH attended a consultation meeting and will be making a formal submission on behalf of the kiwifruit industry. Once finalised this will become available on the KVH website.

 

R&D News
9 July 2015
R&D report on KVH website - Autumn spraying for protection of Psa-V
9 July 2015
This trial was established to determine the effects of an intensive autumn spray protection programme on Gold3 and Hort16A. It was difficult to separate treatment effects as the Gold3 site had little...
R&D report on KVH website - Autumn spraying for protection of Psa-V
9 July 2015

This trial was established to determine the effects of an intensive autumn spray protection programme on Gold3 and Hort16A. It was difficult to separate treatment effects as the Gold3 site had little infection and the Hort16A site had too much infection. There was a trend for treatment programmes including a full programme with coppers, foliar applied elicitors and KeyStrepto™ to reduce the effects of Psa-V by comparison with other lesser treatment programmes.

Click here to view the report.

Grower News
9 July 2015
Two-day and six-day risk maps
9 July 2015
Growers using the two-day and six-day New Zealand risk maps may have recently noticed an error which saw all the maps without any risk index colour at all (see image). This occurs very rarely when...
Two-day and six-day risk maps
9 July 2015

Growers using the two-day and six-day New Zealand risk maps may have recently noticed an error which saw all the maps without any risk index colour at all (see image). This occurs very rarely when the data is exactly the same all over the country, and therefore the model has nothing to contour. It has since been corrected.

Company Notices
9 July 2015
KVH Annual General Meeting
9 July 2015
The 2015 KVH AGM is on Thursday 23 July starting at 4pm at Club Mount Maunganui, corner Totara and Kawaka streets, Mount Maunganui.  AGM papers and proposed resolutions have been sent to KVH...
KVH Annual General Meeting
9 July 2015

The 2015 KVH AGM is on Thursday 23 July starting at 4pm at Club Mount Maunganui, corner Totara and Kawaka streets, Mount Maunganui.  AGM papers and proposed resolutions have been sent to KVH members and are available below.

In addition to the AGM matters, MPI’s Steve Gilbert, Director of Border Clearance Services, will give an overview of the challenges at the New Zealand border.

Growers and industry participants are encouraged to attend but only members have voting rights. Please RSVP to info@kvh.org.nz.

Grower News
25 June 2015
Best practice management of potential copper tolerance
25 June 2015
Results from KVH’s latest round of resistance testing show the importance of applying copper at the correct label rates for effective Psa control. In lab tests, Psa-V samples from 5 of 56 KPINS...
Best practice management of potential copper tolerance
25 June 2015

Results from KVH’s latest round of resistance testing show the importance of applying copper at the correct label rates for effective Psa control. In lab tests, Psa-V samples from 5 of 56 KPINS tested in the wider Bay of Plenty Region showed some growth  when a 15% concentration of copper was applied. It is concerning to see possible signs of tolerance to one of our key tools for fighting Psa-V.

What is being done?        
KVH is carrying out further work to establish the nature of the tolerance, including re-sampling and further sampling from the five orchards. KVH is working with scientists to quantify the level and develop a recommended programme to monitor and manage the issue going forward.

KVH will work with orchard owners where tolerance or resistance has been identified to ensure best practice management is in place. This includes removal of infected material, the application of sprays at label rates, alternating spray products, movement restrictions on plant material and a strong focus on orchard hygiene.

Through the R&D and product testing programme Zespri and KVH are continuing to look for alternative and sustainable control approaches for Psa-V.

What can growers do?
KVH recommends growers remain proactive and maintain a year-round comprehensive Psa-V management programme. This includes monitoring, removing signs of Psa-V, applying protective sprays at label rates, and alternating protectant spray products where possible. It is also very important to maintain orchard hygiene to reduce the potential for resistant Psa to enter your orchard, or spread within if present.
 

Grower News
25 June 2015
Winter field-day round
25 June 2015
The recent Zespri winter FON rounds were well supported by growers. KVH provided a short hand-out summarising key points to protect orchards against Psa-V through winter. Click here for a copy...
Winter field-day round
25 June 2015

The recent Zespri winter FON rounds were well supported by growers. KVH provided a short hand-out summarising key points to protect orchards against Psa-V through winter.

  • Click here for a copy of the KVH hand-out.
Biosecurity News
25 June 2015
Importation of sterile Queensland Fruit Flies for research
25 June 2015
Plant and Food Research were recently granted permission to import sterile Queensland fruit flies (QFF) into a New Zealand containment facility to develop new attractants for female and male flies....
Importation of sterile Queensland Fruit Flies for research
25 June 2015

Plant and Food Research were recently granted permission to import sterile Queensland fruit flies (QFF) into a New Zealand containment facility to develop new attractants for female and male flies. The project will determine what the flies can smell and if these odours can be used to improve the sensitivity of traps or increase the numbers of flies lured in.  Three approaches will be used; odours based on host fruit, sex pheromones and bacteria.

This research is part of a larger collaborative approach with Australian organisations to manage and eradicate QFF populations. One of these collaborations is the SITPlus partnership, a five year $22 million R&D partnership using Sterile Insect Techniques (SIT). Supporting these research activities, is the development of a SIT facility that is capable of producing 50 million sterile QFF per week as an eradication tool for release in Australia or New Zealand should an established population ever become larger enough for this to be required. A brochure on the SITPlus project can be found here.

KVH supports these research activities as an integral component of our readiness activities for the industry’s most unwanted biosecurity threat.

Matt Dyck, KVH Biosecurity

Biosecurity News
25 June 2015
KVH presents biosecurity to students
25 June 2015
Yesterday KVH presented the importance of NZ biosecurity to more than 170 high school students at ‘Cultivate Your Career’ – an event that ran concurrently with the Bay of Plenty...
KVH presents biosecurity to students
25 June 2015

Yesterday KVH presented the importance of NZ biosecurity to more than 170 high school students at ‘Cultivate Your Career’ – an event that ran concurrently with the Bay of Plenty Young Fruit Grower competition at Mills Reef Winery.

High school students from the Bay of Plenty and Waikato learned about New Zealand’s biosecurity history, the importance of protecting New Zealand’s unique environment and the potential impact of unwanted pests and diseases on both horticulture production and the environment.

They were also introduced to the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) including what it looks like, how it can get here, its potential impacts should it arrive and establish in New Zealand and what to do if they suspect they have found one.

They were also asked to create a poster or advertisement about the BMSB with the aim of educating other school students about it. Entries close in two weeks and KVH will publish the winning entry.

Students were very engaged during the sessions, with some asking about careers in biosecurity and the horticulture industry.

Lara Harrison, KVH Communications

R&D News
25 June 2015
Bi-monthly R&D update report - April/May 2015
25 June 2015
This bi-monthly report provides information about the progress over April and May 2015 for the Psa R&D programme. The following projects are summarised in the report: Survival of...
Bi-monthly R&D update report - April/May 2015
25 June 2015

This bi-monthly report provides information about the progress over April and May 2015 for the Psa R&D programme. The following projects are summarised in the report:

  • Survival of Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae on plastics coated with or containing an antimicrobial compound.
  • Best practice for protectant spray coverage of spring and summer kiwifruit canopies

Click here to read the report.

Lara Harrison, KVH Communications

R&D News
25 June 2015
New R&D report - best practice for protectant spray coverage of spring and summer kiwifruit canopies
25 June 2015
Optimising copper use for sustainable control of Psa in kiwifruit orchards—this study was undertaken to build on previous work to develop best practice recommendations for protective sprays for...
New R&D report - best practice for protectant spray coverage of spring and summer kiwifruit canopies
25 June 2015

Optimising copper use for sustainable control of Psa in kiwifruit orchards—this study was undertaken to build on previous work to develop best practice recommendations for protective sprays for kiwifruit. In particular, it was to determine (1) for how long low-drift air inclusion AI nozzles could efficiently deliver protectant sprays to expanding spring canopies; and (2) to maximise the efficiency of spray delivery to flowering Hayward and fully expanded Gold3 canopies on wide row spacings.

Click here to read the report.

Lara Harrison, KVH Communications

Grower News
11 June 2015
Budwood movement
11 June 2015
Budwood movement will be a focus for many suppliers and growers at this time of year. Please remember: All suppliers of budwood must be registered with KVH and supply a copy of their Psa-V...
Budwood movement
11 June 2015

Budwood movement will be a focus for many suppliers and growers at this time of year. Please remember:

  • All suppliers of budwood must be registered with KVH and supply a copy of their Psa-V Risk Management Plan – Budwood  www.kvh.org.nz/indgrafters
  • Growers receiving budwood must only obtain budwood from a KVH registered supplier. NB: Growers supplying Zespri with budwood for their budwood programme have been registered by Zespri and are covered by Zespri’s Risk Management Plan, a copy of which is held by KVH.
  • Budwood movement must comply with the  controls outlined in KVH Protocol: Budwood
  • Budwood movement from Psa-V positive orchards is only allowed in Recovery regions – NB: movement between Recovery regions requires KVH authorisation.
  • Monitoring, sampling and testing must occur within six weeks of budwood collection.
  • Budwood collection area to be sprayed with copper within four weeks of collection.
  • Tool hygiene and sanitising must be maintained.
  • Records of budwood supplied and received must be maintained and kept with grower GAP records.

Karyn Lowry, KVH Operations

Kiwifruit Vine Health

Suite 3, Level 1, Customhouse Building
314 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
(entrance cnr Totara and Rata Street)
PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, 3149
New Zealand

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz