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Biosecurity News
5 February 2020
The fruit fly response at a glance
5 February 2020
·         10 – the number of solitary Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) found through surveillance trapping in the Northcote area since February...
The fruit fly response at a glance
5 February 2020

·         10 – the number of solitary Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) found through surveillance trapping in the Northcote area since February 2019.

·         4,600 – the number of traps set in the greater Auckland area to find three different types of fruit flies. These remain in place and are part of a national fruit fly surveillance programme with over 7,800 traps nationwide.

·         While 10 adult male flies were found (the pheromone traps attract males), no evidence of larvae, pupae, eggs, or female flies was found.

·         160 – the number of people in the field, and in Wellington, involved in the response at any given time.

·         5,766 – the number of properties in the Controlled Area and subject to movement controls on fresh produce and garden waste.

·         1.5 tonnes of fruit was collected from the area and inspected for fruit fly larvae.

·         145 tonnes of produce was collected and disposed of throughout the operation.

Biosecurity News
5 February 2020
Last chance to control moth plant before it flowers and produces seed
5 February 2020
Growers are reminded that moth plant (pictured to the right, heavily infesting a casuarina shelter belt) needs to be controlled now before seed pods form and mature. Moth plant is a poisonous (the...
Last chance to control moth plant before it flowers and produces seed
5 February 2020

Growers are reminded that moth plant (pictured to the right, heavily infesting a casuarina shelter belt) needs to be controlled now before seed pods form and mature.

Moth plant is a poisonous (the sap can cause a painful dermatitis) South American vine, common in coastal areas of the upper North Island, and very invasive in orchard shelter belts or nearby weedy areas.  It harbours passion vine hopper and slows shelter trimmers, so is very unwelcome in kiwifruit orchards. 

If possible, dig vines out of a shelter belt using a sharp spade.  If you try to pull large vines they often snap off at the base and regrow.  Wear gloves and protective clothing to avoid any contact with the sap.

In a world first, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council has just released a biocontrol agent - the moth beetle - in a suitable area near Tauranga to assist in the control of this pest. The larvae of the moth beetle feed on the vine’s roots, killing many vines. Watch a video about the release here.

It will take some years for the beetle to build a population which will reduce moth plant infestations, so do continue to destroy moth plant vines in all kiwifruit orchards.

Biosecurity News
5 February 2020
Successful end to fruit fly response in Auckland
5 February 2020
Northcote fruit fly operations have ended and restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables on Auckland's North Shore have been lifted. The move signals the end of an almost year-long...
Successful end to fruit fly response in Auckland
5 February 2020

Northcote fruit fly operations have ended and restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables on Auckland's North Shore have been lifted.

The move signals the end of an almost year-long operation, including a massive effort by the local community, triggered by the discovery of a Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) in a surveillance trap in the area last February.

It's now been 6 months since a fly was last trapped in the area, and this, along with an intensive baiting programme throughout the spring and the inspection of hundreds of kilos of fruit without a find, has given confidence there is currently no breeding population of the QFF in Northcote.

Nationwide routine surveillance will continue – there are 7,800 fruit fly traps spread across the country and more than 4,600 of these in the Auckland area. These traps are set for three exotic fruit fly species of concern: the QFF, Mediterranean Fruit Fly and Oriental Fruit Fly.

The financial impact of a fruit fly incursion to New Zealand’s billion-dollar horticulture industry is something we simply cannot afford – the kiwifruit industry alone could be impacted by up to $430 million. The estimated $18 million investment put into this robust and successful response is justified and confirms the commitment Government Industry Agreement (GIA) partners, such as KVH, have to protecting growers from such serious threats.

Read the full announcement from Biosecurity New Zealand here, and read the statement in support from GIA response partners on the KVH website here.

Biosecurity News
23 January 2020
Making use of the Psa risk model
23 January 2020
A reminder that KVH has an online video tutorial to guide growers through the Psa Risk Model. Developed as an online, weather-based decision support system, the model helps growers with orchard...
Making use of the Psa risk model
23 January 2020

A reminder that KVH has an online video tutorial to guide growers through the Psa Risk Model.

Developed as an online, weather-based decision support system, the model helps growers with orchard management in a Psa environment. It includes actual weather station data and weather forecast details to provide customised access to unique disease information and interpretations.

A map of all the weather stations available to the MetWatch tools within the model is available here.

Click
here to view the tutorial and click here to access the model. Please note, growers must register first – this is to protect the IP in the model and keep costs for the service down. If you haven’t already done so, please register now.

For quick and easy access to the model, when you log in using your email address and password, tick the ‘remember me’ box so that your computer remembers your details and you won’t have to enter them each time.

If you have any queries please contat KVH on 0800 665 825 or email us. We’re happy to help.

Biosecurity News
23 January 2020
New BMSB posters
23 January 2020
We have new stock of bright yellow A3 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) ID posters available. Contact us if you’d like some sent to you for the orchard surrounds, office, staffroom or anywhere...
New BMSB posters
23 January 2020

We have new stock of bright yellow A3 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) ID posters available. Contact us if you’d like some sent to you for the orchard surrounds, office, staffroom or anywhere else people are gathering and could benefit from being reminded about the importance of finding and reporting possible sightings of this unwanted bug.

The posters display the two easiest things to look out for (black and white banding on the antennae, and black and white banding on the sides of the abdomen) and the 0800 number for the pest and disease hotline.

Biosecurity News
23 January 2020
Hill Laboratories pricing change
23 January 2020
A reminder that Hill Laboratories has advised there will be a price increase for standard Psa tests from 1 February 2020. Current prices have been in place since 2011, but due to increased...
Hill Laboratories pricing change
23 January 2020

A reminder that Hill Laboratories has advised there will be a price increase for standard Psa tests from 1 February 2020.

Current prices have been in place since 2011, but due to increased operational costs this change is necessary. The cost of Psa testing will move from $65 to $85 per sample (+GST). Costs for testing under the KPCS nursery programme will remain unchanged.

Hill Laboratories kiwifruit Psa testing is carried out on Wednesdays - make sure your sample arrives before Wednesday morning to be included in the weeks testing.

 

Biosecurity News
23 January 2020
On the lookout for fruit fly
23 January 2020
There were two fruit fly finds at the border in November, neither of which were our highest-risk Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) or have required any response activity. One interception was of...
On the lookout for fruit fly
23 January 2020

There were two fruit fly finds at the border in November, neither of which were our highest-risk Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) or have required any response activity.

One interception was of Mediterranean Fruit Fly larvae in an apple, and the other was Oriental Fruit Fly larvae in rambutans (an exotic tropical fruit). Both were found in material seized from passengers.

You can read more in the latest monthly KVH fruit fly risk update (December), which includes data reported by Biosecurity New Zealand.

KVH has also developed a helpful guide for growers, detailing the likely sequence of events if a fruit fly response was to occur in a kiwifruit growing region, to allow for business continuity planning at orchard level. The guide is available on our website and can be downloaded here. Please contact us if you would like a copy printed and sent to you. 

Remember: the high-risk period for fruit flies runs through the summer months. Be vigilant, keep watch, and if you hear of someone who has accidently bought fruit or vegetables into New Zealand make sure it is reported and then appropriately destroyed (bagged and put in the rubbish is the best way, not composted).

Biosecurity News
23 January 2020
In the news
23 January 2020
Automotive and horticulture industries team up to stop stink bugs: KVH’s Chief Executive Stu Hutchings is working with the automotive industry to tackle the nasty Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs...
In the news
23 January 2020

Automotive and horticulture industries team up to stop stink bugs: KVH’s Chief Executive Stu Hutchings is working with the automotive industry to tackle the nasty Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB). Collaborative communication is key, with the Vehicle Industry Association (VIA) and KVH teams raising awareness of what to look out for and what to do if anyone suspects they have found the pest.

Is New Zealand armed for future biosecurity threats? A decade of significant biosecurity breaches have cost the New Zealand economy millions. Can our borders withstand modern pressures or are we even more at risk?

Spotted Lanternfly costing Pennsylvania $50m annually: The Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive pest from Asia that is one of the kiwifruit industry's biggest threats, and wreaking havoc on valuable trees and vines in the USA, is costing the Pennsylvania economy about $50 million and eliminating nearly 500 jobs each year.

Disease threatens Italy’s once booming olive oil industry: More than a third of olive oil in the USA comes from Italy, which has kept a longstanding reputation for quality. But the quantity of olive oil made in the south of Italy has been in sharp decline. Xylella fastidiosa - a disease not known to affect kiwifruit, but something the industry is closely following - has been attacking olive trees, decimating the industry and causing Italy to import olive oil for the first time.

Biosecurity News
12 December 2019
Get your new fruit fly guide
12 December 2019
KVH has developed a helpful new guide for growers, detailing the likely sequence of events if a fruit fly response was to occur in a kiwifruit growing region. The guidelines can be used to help...
Get your new fruit fly guide
12 December 2019

KVH has developed a helpful new guide for growers, detailing the likely sequence of events if a fruit fly response was to occur in a kiwifruit growing region.

The guidelines can be used to help business continuity planning at an orchard level and are split into sections that cover:

·         fruit fly distribution across the world and why they are a threat to New Zealand
·         what to look out for on orchards
·         controls to keep fruit flies from getting here
·         detection methods in case they do get here
·         controls in the event of a detection and different levels of response
·         how to maintain business continuity and what activities can take place on the orchard in responses
·         how growers and orchards are affected by export restrictions. 

The information in the guide is based on Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) and should be treated as guidance as every response is different and things like controlled area zones and market access restrictions can change from one response to the next.

The guide has been added to the fruit fly section of the KVH website and can be downloaded here. Please email KVH if you would like us to print and post a copy to you for free. 

Biosecurity News
12 December 2019
KiwiNet members bring response knowledge back to industry
12 December 2019
KiwiNet members continue to share their experiences working on the fruit fly responses in Auckland. Team members Nory Estal and Carol Smart, both from Orangewood, tell us what it was like...
KiwiNet members bring response knowledge back to industry
12 December 2019

KiwiNet members continue to share their experiences working on the fruit fly responses in Auckland.

Team members Nory Estal and Carol Smart, both from Orangewood, tell us what it was like day-to-day when they were deployed into the response; what they got out of it; what they learnt about the importance of biosecurity to an industry like ours; and their advice to anyone thinking about joining KiwiNet and taking part next time. Read Nory’s story here and Carol’s here.

The KiwiNet network is a team of people selected from across the kiwifruit industry who champion biosecurity readiness and coordinate kiwifruit industry resources for biosecurity responses. Read more about the network here.

Biosecurity News
12 December 2019
BMSB preparedness
12 December 2019
KVH works closely with Zespri, Biosecurity New Zealand and others across the kiwifruit industry to ensure we are all prepared for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), if it were to arrive and establish...
BMSB preparedness
12 December 2019

KVH works closely with Zespri, Biosecurity New Zealand and others across the kiwifruit industry to ensure we are all prepared for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), if it were to arrive and establish here. This includes taking part in regular training and preparedness sessions, simulation exercises, hosting workshops, and developing joint workplans for how we would manage an incursion and long-term response.

We’ve recently updated two important documents available on our website toreflect advances in knowledge and international learnings:

·         Read the BMSB Readiness Plan (A) for information about how the kiwifruit industry is ready for a New Zealand incursion.

·         Read the BMSB Readiness Plan (B) for information about long term management considerations should BMSB establish in New Zealand.

Biosecurity News
12 December 2019
Visiting European experts share BMSB knowledge and tools
12 December 2019
Yesterday at Plant and Food’s Te Puke Research Centre, two European Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) experts shared accounts of research that is currently underway in Italy to achieve...
Visiting European experts share BMSB knowledge and tools
12 December 2019

Yesterday at Plant and Food’s Te Puke Research Centre, two European Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) experts shared accounts of research that is currently underway in Italy to achieve sustainable control of this invasive pest.

KVH staff joined local scientists, growers and other stakeholders at the presentation by Professor Gianfranco Anfora and Dr Anna Eriksson from Fondazione Edmund Mach in Italy.

Their research group has developed a citizen science biosecurity mapping app called “BugMap” to track the spread and densities of BMSB. The success of “BugMap” in Italy has led to the adoption of the app by chocolatier Ferrero Rocher in Georgia, a country where these bugs are now affecting hazel nut supply. Their growers are able to use the app to make reports and see the spread of the pest in real time.  

The smartphone app has so far had over 2000 reports from citizens, and because they come in all year round, experts have been able to use the data to create prediction models of future spread which they can also share with users.

Professor Anfora highlighted the impact of BMSB during the presentation, noting there has been rapid spread of the pest in Italy and expected losses as a result are around NZD$1b for 2019 alone. He noted they are seeing impacts to both gold and green kiwifruit, and he believes gold appears to be more susceptible.  

In terms of monitoring tools, researchers have been making design improvements to the various traps they use - including a new kind using a wind tunnel effect, which has so far been found to catch 15 times more BMSB than standard sticky base traps with the same lure. Watch a short video from the research team showing these traps in action here.

Like New Zealand, the Italians are very interested in the use biocontrol, with the Samurai Wasp as the organism of choice. The wasp has been known to parasitize up to 80% of BMSB eggs and is highly active all season, making it one of the most promising control options. The Samurai Wasp, and other parasitoids have been recently detected in Italy and a very new Italian law now permits the release of exotic antagonists and there is an application underway seeking permission to be able to release the wasp in Italy to help control BMSB populations (in August 2018 the New Zealand horticulture industry welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority’s decision allowing the release of the wasp into New Zealand, if ever there was an incursion of the BMSB).

Experience from countries where the invasive BMSB is present is highly valuable to the kiwifruit industry, and New Zealand, in preventing and controlling any potential outbreaks. Information sharing builds on the knowledge KVH, Zespri, and the kiwifruit industry can use as we continue to formulate short and long-term plans for how we would respond to and manage a BMSB incursion on our orchards. Read more about our most updated plans here.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

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Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz