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Biosecurity R&D

Investment in science to understand the nature of significant biosecurity threats, and developing tools for their management should they arrive, is a big priority for the kiwifruit industry.

KVH and Zespri established a Kiwifruit Biosecurity Steering Group with a goal of reducing the risk and impact of biosecurity incursions to the kiwifruit industry.

The steering group identifes knowledge gaps and prioritises research needs relating to kiwifruit biosecurity threats that are not yet established in New Zealand.

Associated with the steering group is the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Research Portfolio. The portfolio is funded by the KVH biosecurity levy (with matching contributions by Zespri) and managed by Zespri Innovation.

The Biosecurity Steering Group prioritises research to meet the following objectives;

  • Develop a greater understanding of the biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit industry;
  • Develop tools to reduce the likelihood of establishment and impact of these biosecurity threats, which includes tools for diagnostics, surveillance, eradication and management;
  • Pathway analysis to understand where gaps may occur in the biosecurity system and take a collaborative approach with the Ministry for Primary Industries to address these.

Biosecurity Steering Group Members

Sonia Whiteman Zespri Innovation Leader
Elaine Gould Zespri Innovation Leader
Dr David Tanner KVH Director
Stu Hutchings KVH Chief Executive
Matt Dyck KVH Biosecurity Manager
Shane Max Zespri Orchard Productivity Manager
Suvi Viljanen-Rollinson Plant & Food Research Scientist
Robert Taylor Ministry for Primary Industries Senior Scientist
Christine Reed Ministry for Primary Industries Manager
Brad Siebert Avocados NZ Programme Manager
Rebecca Ganley Scion Research Leader
David Teulon Plant & Food Research B3 Director



Kiwifruit Vine Health

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314 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
(entrance cnr Totara and Rata Street)
PO Box 4246, Mount Maunganui, 3149
New Zealand

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