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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.  
 

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