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18 February 2021
Successful Neonectria workshop
18 February 2021
Thank you to all those who came to the Neonectria workshop in Motueka last week. The workshop was popular with over 35 growers, industry folk and scientists coming along to share their...
Successful Neonectria workshop
18 February 2021

Thank you to all those who came to the Neonectria workshop in Motueka last week. The workshop was popular with over 35 growers, industry folk and scientists coming along to share their experiences.

Alongside Zespri and Plant & Food Research, KVH hosted the event to reconnect with South Island growers to understand what is happening on the ground in the region regarding Neonectria; and to share knowledge from research into the disease as well as other organisms associated with vine decline. Once the research update had been provided, it was out into the field to observe symptoms first-hand. This was a great opportunity for growers to see up close and personal how Neonectria typically presents itself on the leaders and trunks of impacted vines.

There was also an opportunity for hosts to sit with growers (from the South Island and Kerikeri) to gain a greater understanding of how Neonectria is being managed on-orchard and draw some valuable management lessons going forward.

A special thank you to Liam McLean for hosting the on-orchard portion of the day and sharing his knowledge.

Biosecurity News
18 February 2021
Fun Fact
18 February 2021
The countdown to the America’s Cup is on, with the Prada Cup Challenger series due to finish next week. All the racing yachts taking part are classed as ‘used equipment’ when it...
Fun Fact
18 February 2021

The countdown to the America’s Cup is on, with the Prada Cup Challenger series due to finish next week.

All the racing yachts taking part are classed as ‘used equipment’ when it comes to New Zealand’s strict biosecurity standards. This means that Biosecurity New Zealand officers have inspected imported race yachts and sailing gear in the lead-up to the competition, undertaking careful inspections for any threats.

The yacht in the photo was so large the officer needed a ladder to do the inspection. Also, the pontoon was directed for steam cleaning after the inspection revealed plant material contamination.

Biosecurity News
18 February 2021
In the news
18 February 2021
Auckland illegal cacti smuggler sentenced: An Auckland woman who attempted to smuggle hundreds of illegal succulents and cacti into New Zealand has been sentenced to 12 months of intensive...
In the news
18 February 2021

Auckland illegal cacti smuggler sentenced: An Auckland woman who attempted to smuggle hundreds of illegal succulents and cacti into New Zealand has been sentenced to 12 months of intensive supervision and 100 hours of community work. She strapped stockings containing 947 succulents and cacti onto her body and attempted to smuggle them into the country, the Ministry for Primary Industries says. 

Biosecurity News
4 February 2021
Stink bug detections
4 February 2021
The high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) started last September. To date there have been 42 live BMSB found, mostly on imported equipment/packages and mostly from the USA and...
Stink bug detections
4 February 2021

The high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) started last September. To date there have been 42 live BMSB found, mostly on imported equipment/packages and mostly from the USA and Italy.

More detail can be read in the latest KVH risk update for BMSB, which includes data reported by Biosecurity New Zealand and information about activities KVH is involved in, both at the border and post-border, to make sure that everything possible is being done to prepare for and respond to this unwanted pest.

The risk period for BMSB stretches throughout the summer so remember to be on the lookout and report anything unusual. Information and videos about the risks this bug poses are available on the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
4 February 2021
Kiwis feature in Plant Health TV project
4 February 2021
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health with events aimed at raising awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger,...
Kiwis feature in Plant Health TV project
4 February 2021

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health with events aimed at raising awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.

One such event - a video competition ‘Plant Health TV: Research that helps Plant Health’ - has received 38 entries, including two videos from New Zealand. One is on Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) from the Ministry for Primary Industries, and the other is on external scanning of shipping containers for contaminants from Better Border Biosecurity/University of Canterbury.

As part of the competition all videos must be less than three minutes and related to research that is conducted on plant health. Amongst other (more objective) criteria, the winner will be decided based on the number of “likes” associated with the YouTube video. So, don’t hesitate to watch the New Zealand videos and support our scientists!

Biosecurity News
4 February 2021
South Island Neonectria update workshop
4 February 2021
KVH and Zespri are holding a workshop next Thursday 11 February in Motueka with the primary aim of reconnecting with South Island growers to understand what is happening on the ground in the region...
South Island Neonectria update workshop
4 February 2021

KVH and Zespri are holding a workshop next Thursday 11 February in Motueka with the primary aim of reconnecting with South Island growers to understand what is happening on the ground in the region with regards to Neonectria. All growers are welcome to attend.

Plant & Food Research scientist, Joy Tyson, will be presenting the latest knowledge from research conducted on Neonectria and other organisms associated with vine decline. The afternoon will then be spent on-orchard discussing management good practice and advice.

See the agenda here for details about the workshop including timings and location.

Biosecurity News
4 February 2021
Fun Fact
4 February 2021
New Zealand’s actions to halt COVID-19 represent the most dramatic biosecurity response ever undertaken in this country, which got us thinking ….. in terms of huge responses worldwide,...
Fun Fact
4 February 2021

New Zealand’s actions to halt COVID-19 represent the most dramatic biosecurity response ever undertaken in this country, which got us thinking ….. in terms of huge responses worldwide, what has been the biggest?

Throughout history, as humans spread across the world, infectious diseases have been a constant companion. Even in this modern era, outbreaks are nearly constant. How can you compare them? Have you ever thought about the scale of something like COVID-19 compared to SARS or Ebola? 

We went on the hunt and came across this brilliant visualisation of the history of pandemics that made it really easy and interesting to see – at a glance – what have been the biggest outbreaks and responses over time.

The visual also includes basic information about the fundamentals of pandemics which closely align with how we think about biosecurity, for example the concepts of importing diseases and protecting borders; being able to track infections; and managing spread to limit impacts.

Biosecurity News
21 January 2021
Watch now
21 January 2021
Xylella fastidiosa – the Apocalypse of Salento is an award-winning look (and short documentary-style 15-minute film) into the devastating effects of this deadly disease on historic olive trees...
Watch now
21 January 2021

Xylella fastidiosa – the Apocalypse of Salento is an award-winning look (and short documentary-style 15-minute film) into the devastating effects of this deadly disease on historic olive trees in Puglia, Italy.

As well as Italy, Xylella is now found in France, Portugal, and Spain, and $10 billion annual production losses are estimated if spread continues throughout the European Union.

Although kiwifruit it not a reported host of Xylella, multiple strains have been found globally and the potential threat is unknown. KVH is taking a proactive approach and is an active member of the Xylella Action Group, which was formed to improve New Zealand’s readiness in the event of an incursion. One of the key things the group has identified is the need to update the principles of control and eradication for Xylella, as well as core operational activities so that everyone can hit the ground running as soon as in incursion is known.

KVH also continues to support research into Xylella and is part a project underway by the Better Border Biosecurity (B3) partnership to learn more about the pathogen and potential vectors in New Zealand.

Biosecurity News
21 January 2021
Fun Fact
21 January 2021
None of us would exactly use the word ‘fun’ to describe 2020, but it was different and unexpected – for humans and animals – and has resulted in some weird and wonderful...
Fun Fact
21 January 2021

None of us would exactly use the word ‘fun’ to describe 2020, but it was different and unexpected – for humans and animals – and has resulted in some weird and wonderful facts.

With less human activity amid the COVID-19 pandemic, lions and penguins playfully roamed free; farmed mink appeared to rise from the dead; Spotted Lanternflies prompted quarantines; "Murder hornets" flew into the headlines; and a koala climbed into people’s hearts.

There are just some of nature’s top factoids from around the world in 2020 - that in any other year you’d never guess were true - as pulled together by the USA Today. Have a read.

Biosecurity News
21 January 2021
BMSB campaign hitting hard
21 January 2021
This high-risk season’s Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) awareness campaign is off to a great start, with results so far showing people are seeing our promotional material about the unwanted...
BMSB campaign hitting hard
21 January 2021

This high-risk season’s Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) awareness campaign is off to a great start, with results so far showing people are seeing our promotional material about the unwanted bug, and then hunting out more information.

The campaign started when the high-risk season began in September 2020, and the latest round-up of results shows that as of mid-December:

· over 4.6 million impressions (the number of times one of our BMSB ads played on a screen) on digital channels like social media and YouTube ads,

· over 19,000 visits to the BMSB page on the Biosecurity New Zealand website, with almost all of them coming directly from the digital ads,

· more than 69,000 views of our various BMSB videos.

KVH is involved in several initiatives to improve awareness and readiness for BMSB, including this comprehensive public education programme alongside Biosecurity New Zealand and other horticultural groups known as the BMSB Council. Read more about this season’s campaign, aiming to lift public awareness around the damaging impacts of BMSB and increase the likelihood of early detection through general surveillance, in our September Bulletin here.

Biosecurity News
21 January 2021
The cost of dirty footwear
21 January 2021
In late November an agricultural machinery dealer and farmer was issued a $400 fine plus ordered to pay costs and an additional $500 to Biosecurity New Zealand for not declaring dirty boots. As we...
The cost of dirty footwear
21 January 2021

In late November an agricultural machinery dealer and farmer was issued a $400 fine plus ordered to pay costs and an additional $500 to Biosecurity New Zealand for not declaring dirty boots.

As we all know, footwear and the soil that may be with it, can be a major vector for pests, diseases and weeds into and within a country/region. When entering New Zealand all passengers are required to fill in a passenger arrival card to declare and detail the countries they’ve visited and whether they’ve been on farms or areas where pests can be picked up. 

Although the borders are closed to many right now, there is still a lot of domestic travel and this is a great reminder that as per Step 4 of the Kiwifruit Grower Biosecurity Guidelines, growers should always check and where necessary clean risk inputs crossing their orchard boundary to make sure they do not present a biosecurity risk. Growers should ensure all visitors going onto their orchards have clean footwear and additional measures such as sanitising may be warranted for high-risk visitors.

Biosecurity News
10 December 2020
Hill Laboratories testing over the holidays
10 December 2020
With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, the last date for Psa samples arriving in the lab at Hills will be next Tuesday 15 December 2020. Psa testing will resume on Tuesday 5 January...
Hill Laboratories testing over the holidays
10 December 2020

With the upcoming Christmas holiday period, the last date for Psa samples arriving in the lab at Hills will be next Tuesday 15 December 2020. Psa testing will resume on Tuesday 5 January 2021.

Only KVH pre-arranged Psa testing will be accepted between these dates. Please contact Karyn Lowry on 027 227 1157 if urgent Psa testing is required between 16 December and 4 January. Photos of symptoms will be required. We anticipate these will only be from areas currently free of Psa (i.e. the South Island).

Growers who notice other unusual symptoms that require urgent follow up over the Christmas break can contact info@kvh.org.nz for follow up.

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