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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 the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Steering Group with the goal of reducing the risk and impact of biosecurity incursions to the kiwifruit industry. The group identifies 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 the Zespri Innovation team.

The steering group prioritises research to meet the following objectives;

  • Develop a greater understanding of 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

Leanne Stewart KVH Chief Executive
Matt Dyck KVH Biosecurity Manager
Erin Lane KVH Biosecurity Advisor
Chandan Pal Zespri Innovation Manager
Rebecca Ellam Zespri Junior Innovation Specialist
Sonia Whiteman Zespri Global Trials and Data Insight Manager
Robert Taylor Ministry for Primary Industries Senior Scientist Mycology & Bacteriology
Simon Cook KVH KVH Director
Mike Ormsby Ministry for Primary Industries Manager, Risk Analysis
Brendan Gould Forestry Owners Association Biosecurity Manager
Stuart Fraser Scion Forest Patholigist
David Teulon Plant & Food Research B3 Director



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