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R&D News
19 March 2015
Improved R&D website now live
19 March 2015
KVH has made some improvements to the R&D section of the website to make it much more user-friendly. Growers still need to be logged in to view the full R&D section. The main changes: ...
Improved R&D website now live
19 March 2015

KVH has made some improvements to the R&D section of the website to make it much more user-friendly. Growers still need to be logged in to view the full R&D section.

The main changes:

Let us know your feedback on the new site – email KVH

Biosecurity News
9 March 2015
Queensland Fruit Fly Update 09.03.15
9 March 2015
Situation update Over the weekend (7/8 March), MPI’s field laboratory detected Queensland fruit fly larvae in windfall fruit collected from two properties nearby to the original affected...
Queensland Fruit Fly Update 09.03.15
9 March 2015

Situation update

  • Over the weekend (7/8 March), MPI’s field laboratory detected Queensland fruit fly larvae in windfall fruit collected from two properties nearby to the original affected property.
  • There are now a total of four properties in very close proximity that are receiving ground treatment for fruit fly. This includes targeted ground spraying and use of insecticide granules.
  • No adult flies were detected over the weekend (7/8 March) and the total number of adult Queensland fruit flies captured in Auckland remains at 14.
  • The situation remains that MPI is working to eradicate a localised population of fruit fly.
  • A response end date to the operation cannot be confirmed, but it is expected to take several months.
  • Click here to view MPI’s information on the website.
Biosecurity News
9 March 2015
Queensland Fruit Fly Stats 09.03.15
9 March 2015
Click here for the updated...
Queensland Fruit Fly Stats 09.03.15
9 March 2015

Click here for the updated statistics.

Biosecurity News
5 March 2015
Export Restriction Zone (ERZ)
5 March 2015
The ERZ is a defined zone from which host material intended for export cannot be harvested, packed or stored. MPI have defined a compulsory ERZ which is 3.5 km radius from each detection site. ...
Export Restriction Zone (ERZ)
5 March 2015

The ERZ is a defined zone from which host material intended for export cannot be harvested, packed or stored. MPI have defined a compulsory ERZ which is 3.5 km radius from each detection site.

  • Click here to view MPI’s ERZ map.

All host material transiting the MPI defined ERZ must meet the pest proofing requirements to be eligible for export certification.  MPI Plant Exports have developed pest proofing requirements and procedures which are available on the MPI website – click here.
 

Biosecurity News
5 March 2015
Queensland fruit fly response continues 05.03.15
5 March 2015
The total number of fruit flies found stands at 13. Two further male fruit flies were trapped within the controlled area over the last two days.  There is no new evidence to suggest the...
Queensland fruit fly response continues 05.03.15
5 March 2015

The total number of fruit flies found stands at 13. Two further male fruit flies were trapped within the controlled area over the last two days.  There is no new evidence to suggest the situation is anything more than a localised population of fruit fly that can be eradicated.

Field work continues with a focus on the surveillance trapping system. Field teams are also applying insecticide bait throughout the Controlled Area, informing residents about the controls and inspecting gardens and rubbish bins.

  • Click here to view KVH’s frequently asked questions.
  • Click here for MPI’s frequently asked questions.
Biosecurity News
5 March 2015
KiwiNet profile: Jan Purdie
5 March 2015
Jan Purdie, Apata Jan was deployed through KiwiNet and spent five days in the response operations in Grey Lynn. Role: Surveillance. The surveillance team spends their day walking from house to...
KiwiNet profile: Jan Purdie
5 March 2015

Jan Purdie, Apata

Jan was deployed through KiwiNet and spent five days in the response operations in Grey Lynn.

Role: Surveillance. The surveillance team spends their day walking from house to house identifying and recording host plants on properties and collecting information about fruit and vegetable movements.

Within hours of receiving a call requesting help with the fruit fly response, Jan arrived at the Whenuapai Airbase in northwest Auckland for her first briefing.

Jan spent the next five days in Zone B as part of the surveillance team. This meant going from door to door in the controlled area talking to residents and asking them a series of questions about how they were disposing their fruit waste, whether or not they kept compost, checking properties for host plants and asking them about their recent activities around fruit and vegetable movements.

This information was recorded on manual forms, returned to HQ and later used by the fruit collection and tracing teams.

Dealing with so many people each day from very diverse cultures and backgrounds meant the surveillance people had to have good face to face communication and people skills.

Jan said local residents were very receptive and showed a lot of concern about fruit fly being discovered in their area. “Most residents were always happy to help and we met some truly wonderful people in the area. The locals and the people working in the response were doing all they could to help eradicate this fruit fly.”

Biosecurity News
5 March 2015
Meet the people working in the response
5 March 2015
Up to 30 kiwifruit industry people have been deployed into the response operations through KiwiNet to assist MPI and AsureQuality in the field. Lisa Ferguson from Trevelyan’s and Jan Purdie...
Meet the people working in the response
5 March 2015

Up to 30 kiwifruit industry people have been deployed into the response operations through KiwiNet to assist MPI and AsureQuality in the field. Lisa Ferguson from Trevelyan’s and Jan Purdie from Apata share their experiences and what their days involved.

  • Click here to read Lisa's profile
  • Click here to read Jan's profile
Grower News
5 March 2015
New research and development report
5 March 2015
Bud-rot in green kiwifruit (Actinidia sp.) varieties – spring 2014 The project aimed to identify the primary cause of bud-rot in green kiwifruit from orchards involved in a Psa spray...
New research and development report
5 March 2015

Bud-rot in green kiwifruit (Actinidia sp.) varieties – spring 2014
The project aimed to identify the primary cause of bud-rot in green kiwifruit from orchards involved in a Psa spray programme trial. It concluded the majority of bud-rot symptoms observed in this trial were the result of Psa-V infection.

  • Click here to read the report
Biosecurity News
5 March 2015
Sailor convicted after biosecurity ramp-up in Northland
5 March 2015
A sailor who appeared in the Kaikohe District on 17 February has become the first person convicted for deliberately concealing biosecurity goods on a visiting yacht. Click here to read the...
Sailor convicted after biosecurity ramp-up in Northland
5 March 2015

A sailor who appeared in the Kaikohe District on 17 February has become the first person convicted for deliberately concealing biosecurity goods on a visiting yacht.

  • Click here to read the full media release on the MPI website.
Biosecurity News
5 March 2015
Queensland fruit fly response photo gallery
5 March 2015
Click here to view a photo gallery compiled by KVH staff who spent several days in the field assisting with the...
Queensland fruit fly response photo gallery
5 March 2015
  • Click here to view a photo gallery compiled by KVH staff who spent several days in the field assisting with the response.
Biosecurity News
5 March 2015
KiwiNet profile: Lisa Ferguson
5 March 2015
Lisa Ferguson, Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool Lisa was contacted through KiwiNet to assist with the response operations and spent seven days in the field. Role: Fruit fly trapper and approved...
KiwiNet profile: Lisa Ferguson
5 March 2015

Lisa Ferguson, Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool

Lisa was contacted through KiwiNet to assist with the response operations and spent seven days in the field.

Role: Fruit fly trapper and approved handler of DDVP, the insecticide used in these traps. The core role of a fruit fly trapper is to establish and service the traps within the Controlled Area. Servicing includes making sure all aspects of the trap are functioning properly.

Every day was an early start – on the road by 5.45am to beat the Auckland traffic into HQ from accommodation at Devonport Naval Base. On arrival breakfast was provided before a daily briefing at 7.30am.

Trapping is a huge task. Around 335 traps in Zone A are checked daily; and more than 730 traps in Zone B and the high-risk area outside of Zone B are checked every three days. Around 20 trappers are deployed, each monitoring 60-70 traps per day. Traps are checked, serviced and scanned using an electronic device, which then transmits accurate data back to HQ for analysis.

All trap checks must be completed before retiring for the evening, so this often meant spending time helping others complete their duties.

Lisa was inspired by the comradery and team culture during the response. “So many people from all over New Zealand were deployed with only a few hours’ notice. Their work ethic, energy and compassion were very inspiring. The operation is an enormous logistical task and all New Zealanders should be very proud of what MPI have accomplished so far and are continuing to do so.”
 

R&D News
4 March 2015
New R&D report on KVH website
4 March 2015
Budrot in 'green' kiwifruit (Actinidia sp.) varieties - Spring 2014 The project aimed to identify the primary cause of budrot in green kiwifruit from orchards involved in a Psa spray programme...
New R&D report on KVH website
4 March 2015

Budrot in 'green' kiwifruit (Actinidia sp.) varieties - Spring 2014

The project aimed to identify the primary cause of budrot in green kiwifruit from orchards involved in a Psa spray programme trial. It is concluded that the majority of budrot symptoms observed in this trial were the result of Psa infection.

Click here to view the full report

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