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Biosecurity News
15 October 2020
Pathway Plan progress
15 October 2020
Last night we ran a virtual presentation about the proposed Pathway Plan – thank you to all those who joined us. The event presented an opportunity for those who were unable to come along to...
Pathway Plan progress
15 October 2020

Last night we ran a virtual presentation about the proposed Pathway Plan – thank you to all those who joined us. The event presented an opportunity for those who were unable to come along to any of the KVH roadshow presentations in the regions (or those who wanted to hear more) to ask questions and learn more about the proposal and feedback we’ve had so far.

Next week we’re hosting an event for contractors at Club Mount so that we can talk about the finer details of the proposed Plan and learn more about what the best tools and resources might be to enable implementation of best biosecurity practice in the simplest and easiest manner. Read more about the event here.

If you haven’t already spoken with one of the team about the proposal and want to, or have more that you would like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, and if you know of anyone or any group that would like us to meet with them please let us know by either phoning us on 0800 665 825 or emailing info@kvh.org.nz.

More information, including case studies and fact sheets, is available on the Pathway Plan information hub we’ve added to the KVH website. We welcome all comments and submissions, either by completing the form on the website or by sending an email to info@kvh.org.nz. We have extended the timeline for consultation and submissions to Friday 11 December 2020 in recognition of the levels of feedback we have received, so that we can work through this and have additional discussions that ensure we develop a robust proposal.

Protocols & Movement Controls
15 October 2020
Mandatory monitoring results due
15 October 2020
A reminder that all growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring with results due...
Mandatory monitoring results due
15 October 2020

A reminder that all growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions are required to carry out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring with results due to KVH by 31 October. To assist growers, an online monitoring form is available here.

Please call KVH on 0800 665 825 if you have any questions or require assistance to complete the form. If Psa-like symptoms are found for the first time on an orchard, report these to KVH. Growers can also contact their pack-house technical representative for advice and sample collection if required.

Biosecurity News
15 October 2020
Spring Psa risk patterns
15 October 2020
Monthly Psa risk summaries reported from almost every weather station in the KVH network show Psa risk due to weather through September was the lowest recorded for this period in the last four years....
Spring Psa risk patterns
15 October 2020

Monthly Psa risk summaries reported from almost every weather station in the KVH network show Psa risk due to weather through September was the lowest recorded for this period in the last four years. This follows a trend of lower rainfall, with rain being a key driver of Psa risk.

In contrast, Wanganui and Levin stations reported September risk as high, matching the high-risk periods seen in the 2017/2018 season.

These trends match grower observations, with Wanganui reporting high levels of Psa symptoms from early in the season, while other regions have generally reported a quieter Psa year to date. Things can change quickly though, and growers should keep close watch on Risk Model forecasts. Currently most stations predict a lift to moderate risk within the next five days, and reports of leafspot from early Hayward blocks are a reminder that infection risk exists.

Growers with new development blocks are especially urged to keep a strong protective programme in place as young plants are vulnerable to Psa and recent chilling winds will have increased plant stress and caused microcracking in developing tissue. In more mature blocks, poorer bud break and wilting shoots on the ends of canes are indicators of Psa presence. Growers are urged to monitor their sites to help gauge the best control programme through to flowering. Ensure protection of wounds created through flower-bud thinning.

Hayward growers with high-risk sites should be planning pre-flower girdles. Correct timing is 30 days before flowering. Ambitious can also be incorporated into a Hayward protective programme.

A reminder, the Kasumin use window closes three weeks prior to flowering. Copper and Actigard may be used through the period leading up to flowering, and the Aureo Gold use period continues through until six weeks after flowering. Check the KVH seasonal management wall chart for product rates and use timings.

Biosecurity News
15 October 2020
In the news
15 October 2020
The accidental tree killers: Epidemics of forest-felling diseases are on the rise thanks to globetrotting pathogens that slip through even the best defences. To prevent further losses, scientists are...
In the news
15 October 2020

The accidental tree killers: Epidemics of forest-felling diseases are on the rise thanks to globetrotting pathogens that slip through even the best defences. To prevent further losses, scientists are turning to high-tech surveillance and detection, even canine noses.

Mystery disease killing Italy's kiwifruit trees baffles scientists: The leaves wither and face down as if to escape the sun; the roots darken and rot. Within one or two years, the plant dries up and dies. There is no cure.

Christchurch woman fined after hundreds of seeds found in suitcase lining: A Christchurch woman has been fined after Biosecurity New Zealand border staff discovered hundreds of seeds concealed in the lining of her suitcase. The woman smuggled 920 seeds and has pleaded guilty to one charge under the Biosecurity Act 1993. She was fined $2500.

Meet Lucky, the dog who is our next weapon against the Spotted Lanternfly: Lucky the 18-month-old German shepherd loves frisbees, swimming and dried beef liver treats. But what most excites her is her job with the state Agriculture Department, where she’ll soon help inspectors sniff out Spotted Lanternfly eggs to keep the invasive insect from spreading.

Biosecurity News
15 October 2020
No new BMSB finds
15 October 2020
The high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) started in September. To date there have been no finds of live bugs reported - there also weren’t any for the same time period last...
No new BMSB finds
15 October 2020

The high-risk season for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) started in September. To date there have been no finds of live bugs reported - there also weren’t any for the same time period last season.

More detail can be read in the September KVH risk update for BMSB, which includes latest 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
15 October 2020
Impact, learnings, and new thinking for biosecurity in a COVID-19 world
15 October 2020
You’re welcome to join the third annual Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) symposium, which this year will focus on highlighting the impacts of COVID-19 on the Bay of Plenty region from...
Impact, learnings, and new thinking for biosecurity in a COVID-19 world
15 October 2020

You’re welcome to join the third annual Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) symposium, which this year will focus on highlighting the impacts of COVID-19 on the Bay of Plenty region from a wide range of perspectives, demonstrating the close parallels with biosecurity.  

We'll be hearing from inspirational speakers about why biosecurity matters now more than ever including new technology and innovation, how we're building capability across the region and where we should focus our efforts going forward.

Two of the people joining us will be Penny Nelson, Deputy Director General of Biosecurity New Zealand and Professor Juliet Gerrard, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor.  

The event programme includes tea, coffee and snacks on arrival and a networking lunch. There is no cost to attend.  Spaces are limited so please secure your place by registering early (and before Friday 23 October 2020). 

Where: Tauranga Yacht Club, 90 Keith Allen Drive, Tauranga
When: Thursday 5 November 2020, 9.30am – 3.30pm including a networking lunch
RSVP: By email
here

Biosecurity News
15 October 2020
What is missing? Watch and spot the difference
15 October 2020
What are examples of good on-orchard biosecurity practice?  Can you name the basics in under a minute? To make it easy we’ve released two new quick and simple videos that demonstrate...
What is missing? Watch and spot the difference
15 October 2020

What are examples of good on-orchard biosecurity practice?  Can you name the basics in under a minute? To make it easy we’ve released two new quick and simple videos that demonstrate fundamental recommended practices on-orchard when arriving, working, and leaving.

The two videos are available on our YouTube channel – the first video shows recommended practices missing, while the second video shows these practices being implemented. Give them a watch and see what you can spot.

We worked with Zespri and Fruition Horticulture to produce the two videos for a recent workshop and they’re now freely available to support growers, managers and post-harvest to share practical knowledge with their teams and gain a greater understanding of best biosecurity activities on-orchard. For use in a group, we’ve also produced a script that explains what to read out to your team when playing the videos. This has been added to the KVH website.

Biosecurity News
15 October 2020
New Te Puna weather station unveiled
15 October 2020
Thank you to everyone who got in touch with us about a new site for the Te Puna weather station, which feeds in to our KVH Risk Model. We’re delighted to let you know that the new station has...
New Te Puna weather station unveiled
15 October 2020

Thank you to everyone who got in touch with us about a new site for the Te Puna weather station, which feeds in to our KVH Risk Model.

We’re delighted to let you know that the new station has been installed and is only about 800 metres from the old site. Although the station is at a similar elevation it is on top of a rise so it may be a little warmer than the previous station at times, but overall, the new location should ensure consistent data for growers.

The KVH Risk Model can be accessed here or if you haven’t yet registered you can do so here. 

Company Notices
15 October 2020
Psa - 10 years on
15 October 2020
The date was 5 November 2010, the time was 4.45pm and the message would rock the New Zealand kiwifruit industry to its core - the discovery of Psa in New Zealand. The day is etched in the...
Psa - 10 years on
15 October 2020

The date was 5 November 2010, the time was 4.45pm and the message would rock the New Zealand kiwifruit industry to its core - the discovery of Psa in New Zealand.

The day is etched in the industry’s history and the feeling of emptiness felt was shared by the kiwifruit industry the length and breadth of New Zealand.

From that moment until today, the kiwifruit industry and partners worked tirelessly to rebuild, re-graft and ensure the industry recovered and prospered. The mission was to share information, build on current research and development and learn all we could to survive this incursion and go on to thrive. This included pastoral care and a lot of kindness which has been evident to see.

5 November 2020 will be the 10th anniversary of that fateful day and KVH intends to host an event to acknowledge that we are now 10 years on, on the evening of the anniversary. This is not intended as a celebration (though there is a lot to celebrate), but an opportunity to recollect, reflect, and reconnect with those that were at the core of the response and have shaped the recovery in the past 10 years. 

This event is open to growers and industry participants however numbers are limited.  If you wish to come along to hear the recollections please RSVP from Monday 19 October to info@kvh.org.nz.

Where: Zespri building, 400 Maunganui Road, Mt Maunganui
When: Thursday 5 November 2020, 6.00pm – 7.30pm  
RSVP: From Monday 19 October to
info@kvh.org.nz

Biosecurity News
15 October 2020
Fun Fact
15 October 2020
We distribute 800 'most unwanted pest' calendars over a few days! Every year during Biosecurity Week KVH works in partnership with the Port of Tauranga and the local Biosecuirty New Zealand...
Fun Fact
15 October 2020

We distribute 800 'most unwanted pest' calendars over a few days!

Every year during Biosecurity Week KVH works in partnership with the Port of Tauranga and the local Biosecuirty New Zealand office to talk about biosecurity with frontline staff who work at and around the Port.

One of the many tools we have for the weeks events to help us demonstrate the potential impacts of unwanted pests and diseases is our annual pest calendar, which is bright and colourful and includes cartoon strips to explain what might happen to businesses, communities, and fruit production in the event of a big incursion.

The calendars are always extremely popular so we'll let you know as soon as the 2021 version is ready for you to order (we're working on it as you read this!).

 

Biosecurity News
15 October 2020
Kiwifruit Vine Decline Syndrome (KVDS) in Italy highlights importance of a Pathway Plan
15 October 2020
There have been several articles in the media recently highlighting Kiwifruit Vine Decline Syndrome (KVDS) in Italy, a phenomenon with yet undetermined cause that is believed to be associated with...
Kiwifruit Vine Decline Syndrome (KVDS) in Italy highlights importance of a Pathway Plan
15 October 2020

There have been several articles in the media recently highlighting Kiwifruit Vine Decline Syndrome (KVDS) in Italy, a phenomenon with yet undetermined cause that is believed to be associated with the collapse of more than 3000ha of kiwifruit in Italy. This is not new and has been observed since 2012, however is gaining more attention as the syndrome is associated with an increasingly large number of hectares and kiwifruit growing regions in Italy.

KVDS was first observed in 2012, near Verona in the North Italian province of Veneto. Initially the decline was observed on about 50ha of kiwifruit, but over time an increasingly large number of hectares have been reported with about 80% of vines in this region now impacted, and reports of the syndrome from other kiwifruit growing regions including Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, Lazio and as far south as Calabria.

The syndrome has been referred to by several names, initially as Verona vine decline, then La Moira or “the death”, and is now referred to internationally as KVDS.

While the increase in media attention has brought this syndrome to the forefront of people’s minds, KVH and Zespri have been monitoring this vine decline syndrome closely over the last five years, including visits to the region and funding research to better understand the possible role of pathogens in this syndrome (which has been inconclusive).

The most obvious sign of KVDS is the sudden and rapid wilting of the plant which ultimately results in plant death. Affected vines can sometimes die within weeks of first symptoms appearing. These symptoms are usually associated with a compromised root system, where feeder roots disappear, then root necrosis sets in.

There has been a recent increase in research efforts in Italy to better understand what is driving this decline and yet the cause still remains undetermined. Researchers have been trying to understand whether it could be irrigation practices, significant climatic rainfall events, soil borne organisms, such as bacteria and fungi, soil oxygen levels, global temperature increases, or a combination of these. While various hypotheses have been developed into what is driving this decline, more work is required to clearly define the relationship between the potential causal factors.

Zespri and its SunGold Kiwifruit partners have set up a taskforce to investigate this decline and initiate an industry wide response to KVDS, developing tools to help and support growers. KVH will continue to work closely with Zespri and its partners to ensure we continue to remain informed of this emerging risk.

KVH, through Zespri, has also made our On-Orchard Biosecurity Guidelines available to Italian growers to ensure they remain vigilant around on-orchard biosecurity. While there is no evidence of a pathogen being the primary cause, if it were to be discovered later that an organism was responsible, managing its spread through good pathway management would be vital to ensuring the industry had the best chance at possible eradication or at the very least, a good containment strategy to help minimise its impact.

This is a classic example of the need for biosecurity practices to be in place as routine day-to-day activity, as would be the case under KVH’s proposed Pathway Plan for the kiwifruit industry. We’re currently consulting on this proposal - for more information please visit the KVH website here, or give us a call to discuss further in person. Most importantly, please take the time to send us an email and let us know your views on the proposed Plan.

Kiwifruit Vine Health

25 Miro St
Mount Maunganui
Tauranga 3116

Tel:  0800 665 825
Fax: 07 574 7591

Email: info@kvh.org.nz