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Biosecurity News
8 August 2019
New Whangarei Psa-positive orchard
8 August 2019
A further Psa result has been confirmed on a Whangarei orchard this week bringing the total positives in this region to six. Red exudate was observed on one G3 trunk girdle on an orchard which is in...
New Whangarei Psa-positive orchard
8 August 2019

A further Psa result has been confirmed on a Whangarei orchard this week bringing the total positives in this region to six.

Red exudate was observed on one G3 trunk girdle on an orchard which is in close proximity to other positive orchards in the region.

Growers in this and other regions with Not Detected orchards should be monitoring regularly to identify any symptoms. Look for cane dieback and check carefully around any wounds (i.e. grafts, girdles). Young plants are generally more at risk, as are stressed vines or those in cold, damp areas.

There have been a number of high-risk weather events recently and we are coming up to the spring infection period, so it is important to maintain a good protectant spray programme and good hygiene practices.

Biosecurity News
8 August 2019
Biosecurity a top priority for Farmlands
8 August 2019
Last week Farmlands Horticulture provided an opportunity for KVH to present an extended biosecurity update their annual subtropical crops technical update in Mount Maunganui. This reflected their...
Biosecurity a top priority for Farmlands
8 August 2019

Last week Farmlands Horticulture provided an opportunity for KVH to present an extended biosecurity update their annual subtropical crops technical update in Mount Maunganui. This reflected their acknowledgement of biosecurity as a key risk to their shareholder businesses.

KVH Director Simon Cook presented on his Nuffield scholarship travels, sharing insights on the impact of citrus greening in Florida, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) incursion in Chile and the challenging TR4 Banana Panama disease in Queensland. Simon strongly promoted the message of farm gate biosecurity as a key part of protecting horticultural investments.

Erin Lane, KVH’s Biosecurity Analyst provided updates on BMSB at the border, the ongoing fruit fly response and the industry’s “most unwanted” threat list. Discussion of industry readiness plans for Phytophthora illustrated how biosecurity threats can be vectored by people, machinery and soil, and a year in review session reflected on industry and grower reported pests and vine symptoms, some of which have led to new research projects.

The value of a collective approach to produce results was a key take-home message.  KVH acknowledged the on-the-ground expertise of the Farmlands team and the ongoing support provided to growers and industry through their efforts towards lifting awareness around biosecurity on a day-to-day basis. 

Biosecurity News
8 August 2019
In the news
8 August 2019
Depressingly impressive BMSB infestation: Max Suckling tweeted a video of BMSB on the Fondazione Edmund Mach apple research mower in Trentino, Italy, reminding us of the infestation levels this bug...
In the news
8 August 2019

Depressingly impressive BMSB infestation: Max Suckling tweeted a video of BMSB on the Fondazione Edmund Mach apple research mower in Trentino, Italy, reminding us of the infestation levels this bug can reach and why we don’t want it here.

Fijian passenger denied entry: A traveller from Fiji was refused entry into New Zealand after attempting to smuggle in seeds and other fresh plant material. Biosecurity New Zealand officers found four different seed types and fresh chillies in the traveller’s baggage.

Biosecurity News
8 August 2019
KPCS nurseries come together
8 August 2019
More than 30 nurseries were represented alongside KVH earlier this week at a forum to strengthen communication and partnership with nurseries who are part of the Kiwifruit Plant Certification...
KPCS nurseries come together
8 August 2019

More than 30 nurseries were represented alongside KVH earlier this week at a forum to strengthen communication and partnership with nurseries who are part of the Kiwifruit Plant Certification Scheme (KPCS).

There were several informative presentations during the event, as well as discussions and feedback opportunities.

Growers should have confidence that kiwifruit nurseries are effectively and efficiently managing the biosecurity risks associated with kiwifruit rootstock movement through their compliance with the KPCS. Other industries also have similar schemes in place, with their growers recognising the value of certified plants.

Sourcing and tracing clean plant material – the fundamentals of the KPCS – are also one of the steps in the new Kiwifruit Growers Biosecurity Guidelines. Growers can reduce risk associated with plant material by following movement controls, inspecting all material when it arrives on the orchard, and keeping records that are up-to-date. A template and check sheet are included in the guidelines booklet (Step 3).

Biosecurity News
8 August 2019
Stink bug threatens Italian kiwifruit
8 August 2019
Fruit crops including pears, apples and kiwifruit in some of Italy's major producing regions are reportedly under grave threat following an unusually widespread outbreak of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug...
Stink bug threatens Italian kiwifruit
8 August 2019

Fruit crops including pears, apples and kiwifruit in some of Italy's major producing regions are reportedly under grave threat following an unusually widespread outbreak of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).

The insect is said to be worryingly prevalent this year across much of northern Italy, including Piedmont Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Trentino-South Tyrol and Friuli-Venezia Giulia.

According to reports, the outbreak is so serious that some believe it threatens to wipe out Italy's entire pear crop, with estimated potential damage to that sector alone ranging from €250m to in excess of €400m (around $430m - $685m NZD) and the government has been called on to set up an emergency committee to tackle the problem, which has been further aggravated by an unseasonable climate.

A local agricultural body has confirmed the bug has been detected in Italy's so-called golden quadrilateral, an area linking Ferrara, Modena, Bologna and Ravenna that is responsible for producing almost three-quarters of the country's pear crop. The group's regional president said, “the reality is beyond our imagination and even more negative than any ominous initial forecast".

KVH Chief Executive Stu Hutchings will be in Italy in a few weeks attending the annual IKO (International Kiwifruit Organization) convention to discuss biosecurity and plant health with global producers, including Italian counterparts. He will also take the opportunity to visit research providers in USA to see field application of control work for both BMSB and Spotted Lanternfly. Post-convention he will visit some Italian orchards and nurseries to assess biosecurity issues that they face in their kiwifruit production.

R&D News
8 August 2019
Psa research session provides important updates
8 August 2019
Although growers have learnt to live with Psa, the kiwifruit industry still feels the impact of this disease on a daily basis. Through the Zespri/KVH Innovation portfolio investments are made to...
Psa research session provides important updates
8 August 2019

Although growers have learnt to live with Psa, the kiwifruit industry still feels the impact of this disease on a daily basis. Through the Zespri/KVH Innovation portfolio investments are made to improve the tools we have in our toolbox for managing Psa.

A session this earlier this week at Baypark was designed for growers, contractors, post-harvest and merchants to profile our objectives for future Psa management, current research activities, and key research outcomes from the past year.

More than 100 people attended the science update. Growers heard from a range of speakers including Marisa Til from Plant & Food Research who outlined the latest understanding around breeding new cultivars and rootstocks for resistance.

Growers were also involved in discussions about challenges with managing Psa and on on-orchard practices such as girdling and budrot, and cut-out.

Zespri and KVH provided updates on the future focus of Psa products, including products in the pipeline and how to get the best out of Aureo Gold. The day ended with a presentation from Linda Peacock at KVH on Psa Best Practice.

Videos from the day will be available shortly and will be included in the next Bulletin.

Biosecurity News
8 August 2019
Award winning BMSB campagin
8 August 2019
We were thrilled when we heard the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) awareness campaign was recognised at the New Zealand Emergency Media and Public Affairs awards last week. The campaign, which...
Award winning BMSB campagin
8 August 2019

We were thrilled when we heard the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) awareness campaign was recognised at the New Zealand Emergency Media and Public Affairs awards last week.

The campaign, which was a tied first-place winner in the ‘Readiness and Resilience Category’, is a joint effort between Biosecurity New Zealand and industry groups who make up the BMSB Council under the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) partnership and aims to raise awareness amongst growers and the wider public about the importance of keeping this unwanted pest out of the country, how to identify it, and how to report any suspected finds.

Biosecurity News
26 July 2019
Biosecurity 2025
26 July 2019
Biosecurity 2025 is a national partnership between people, organisations, Maori, and central, local and regional government. It's aim is to make our biosecurity system more resilient and...
Biosecurity 2025
26 July 2019

Biosecurity 2025 is a national partnership between people, organisations, Maori, and central, local and regional government. It's aim is to make our biosecurity system more resilient and future-focused to protect our taonga and New Zealand from pests and diseases.

KVH is a key partner in Biosecurity 2025. There are a number of kiwifruit industry, community, and regional initiatives KVH helps drive that are part of this national strategy.

Ko Tātou This Is Us
Biosecurity keeps our incredible home safe from pests and diseases. Ko Tātou This Is Us asks us to take a moment to think about how biosecurity protects our way of life, the outdoor environment where we fish, farm, hunt and explore, the beautiful biodiversity of our unique ecosystem and even the food we eat.

Every New Zealander has a role to play in preventing pests and diseases from getting into New Zealand or helping to stop their spread if they do get here. It takes all of us to protect what we’ve got. View the video below and visit the Ko Tātou This Is Us website to learn more. You can also watch the kiwifruit industry's Ko Tātou This Is Us video - championing the importance of biosecurity to best business practice - here.

Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) 
This is a collaboration between Tauranga Moana iwi, local industries and business, science institutions, educators, central and local government. Its purpose is leading and taking collaborative action towards biosecurity excellence.

This coalition is an exemplar for regional collaboration and partnership - it is an example of Ko Tātou This Is Us in action, building a biosecurity team of 4.7 million New Zealanders.

Our TMBC focus is on working with rangatahi in partnerships with educators; connecting our communities to the importance of biosecurity; and building collaboration across iwi, hapu, community organisations, industries, science and Matauranga Maori experts, central government and local government to achieve biosecurity excellence. Visit the TMBC website to learn more.

Biosecurity Excellence at the Port of Tauranga
This award-winning partnership was formed in 2014 between the Port, several primary industries, and central and local government agencies to prevent and respond to biosecurity risks through the Port of Tauranga.

All groups have come together with the goal of having no incursions through the Port. This is achieved by working collaboratively and being  committed to biosecurity excellence, through effective biosecurity awareness and the use of the very best tools and technologies, backed by science.

Biosecurity News
25 July 2019
All Hands on Deck at Bay biosecurity conference
25 July 2019
This week Tauranga proudly hosted the New Zealand Biosecurity Institute’s annual national education and training seminar (NETS2019), a three-day forum of discussion and debate on how to...
All Hands on Deck at Bay biosecurity conference
25 July 2019

This week Tauranga proudly hosted the New Zealand Biosecurity Institute’s annual national education and training seminar (NETS2019), a three-day forum of discussion and debate on how to collectively minimise the risk of biosecurity threats to New Zealand.

The theme “All Hands on Deck” recognised the huge value of joint initiatives such as Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital and set the challenge for the development of more joint initiatives throughout the country.

Over 250 delegates attended, with speakers ranging from international and national experts to people working at the coalface. Presentations ranged from pest plants to aquatics, invertebrates and diseases, to technology and collaboration.

At the event, KVH showcased KiwiNet, the kiwifruit industry initiative championing biosecurity readiness and highlighted how surveillance and response capacity has been built via an industry-wide approach. For example, KiwiNet supplied 41 sets of feet on the ground to the 2019 Auckland fruit fly response between mid-February and the end of June.

KVH also hosted a “vine to vessel” field-trip showing best-practice biosecurity incorporated into everyday tours to Kiwifruit Country, sustainability and proactive biosecurity practice at Trevelyan’s pack-house, successful control of wild kiwifruit in the steep Te Puke gullies and finally an up close view of New Zealand’s largest port to see container inspections and detector dogs in action.

Biosecurity News
25 July 2019
Stink bug campaign up for award
25 July 2019
We're really proud that the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) awareness campaign has been announced as a finalist in the upcoming Emergency Media and Public Affairs awards. The awareness campaign...
Stink bug campaign up for award
25 July 2019

We're really proud that the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) awareness campaign has been announced as a finalist in the upcoming Emergency Media and Public Affairs awards.

The awareness campaign is a joint effort between Biosecurity New Zealand and industry groups who make up the BMSB Council under the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) partnership and has the goal of raising awareness amongst growers and the wider public about the importance of keeping this unwanted pest out of the country, how to identify it, and how to report any suspected finds.

The awards will be presented during a ceremony in Wellington on Thursday 1 August.

Of course this all means nothing without your help – be sure to continue to keep an eye out for the unwanted BMSB.

Biosecurity News
25 July 2019
A BMSB lesson from Europe
25 July 2019
A few weeks ago we let you know that KVH had attended a Plant & Food Research-run presentation by Professor Claudio Ioriatti, a world-renowned expert on BMSB, who shared useful knowledge from the...
A BMSB lesson from Europe
25 July 2019

A few weeks ago we let you know that KVH had attended a Plant & Food Research-run presentation by Professor Claudio Ioriatti, a world-renowned expert on BMSB, who shared useful knowledge from the European BMSB control effort.

Plant & Food Research have since released a podcast you can listen to on their website, where Claudio shares his first-hand account of the devastation this pest causes, and his experience in controlling BMSB and other invasive insects that may pose threats to the biosecurity of New Zealand. Click here to listen.

Biosecurity News
25 July 2019
Biosecurity binds with KiwiBerry
25 July 2019
KVH represents New Zealand KiwiBerry Growers within the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) partnership, ensuring the two industries work together on managing and responding to biosecurity risks, and...
Biosecurity binds with KiwiBerry
25 July 2019

KVH represents New Zealand KiwiBerry Growers within the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) partnership, ensuring the two industries work together on managing and responding to biosecurity risks, and last week key staff from both organisations met to discuss current and future priorities.

Learnings from the current Auckland fruit fly response, new on-orchard biosecurity guidelines, and the importance of traceability and record keeping were major topics discussed at the meeting as many key work areas for KVH over the next 12 months focus on these areas.

The two industries have a commonality of biosecurity issues - kiwiberry are likely to be susceptible to many of the same pests and diseases as other kiwifruit cultivars, so working together in partnership makes sense and by continuing to join forces we can further strengthen our efforts to deliver better biosecurity.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

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