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Biosecurity News
31 October 2019
Latest BMSB finds
31 October 2019
Since the start of the high-risk season in September, there have been five live Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) finds. More detail can be read in the October KVH risk update for BMSB, which...
Latest BMSB finds
31 October 2019

Since the start of the high-risk season in September, there have been five live Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) finds.

More detail can be read in the October KVH risk update for BMSB, which includes latest data reported by Biosecurity New Zealand and information about activities involving KVH to make sure that everything possible is being done to prepare for and respond to BMSB.

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
31 October 2019
Can you pick the BMSB?
31 October 2019
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) looks very similar to some other brown stink bugs that are native to New Zealand. Do you know how to identify the BMSB from the others? Can you pick it out...
Can you pick the BMSB?
31 October 2019

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) looks very similar to some other brown stink bugs that are native to New Zealand.

Do you know how to identify the BMSB from the others? Can you pick it out of the line-up above?

Click here to find out which bug is the BMSB and, why. 

Biosecurity News
31 October 2019
Xylella threat reviewed
31 October 2019
Xylella fastidiosa, an insect spread bacterial pathogen, is currently having devasting impact across horticultural industries in both Europe and the USA. This pathogen can infect many different...
Xylella threat reviewed
31 October 2019

Xylella fastidiosa, an insect spread bacterial pathogen, is currently having devasting impact across horticultural industries in both Europe and the USA. This pathogen can infect many different plants, both natives and important crops, but we did not know the full scale of potential damage if it got into New Zealand. The Xylella Action Group (XAG) of which KVH is a member, was assembled with the purpose to collaborate and improve New Zealand’s readiness should Xylella fastidiosa be detected on our shores.

Through the Zespri Innovation funding we contributed, alongside other potentially impacted industries and stakeholders, towards a literature review to better understand the impacts of an incursion to New Zealand. While the report highlighted that Xylella fastidiosa has an incredibly wide host range comprising more than 350 species, the good news is that there are no reports of it affecting kiwifruit. You can read the full report online here.

While kiwifruit is currently not considered a host, there is still much uncertainty, particularly around our vector status, and thus our future potential host status. Therefore, KVH will continue to remain part of the XAG and contribute towards advancing our readiness efforts for Xylella. 

Grower News
31 October 2019
Your free 2020 calendar
31 October 2019
We still have some of the popular pest calendars available. If you or your organisation would like one of these fantastic, bright and colourful Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence 2020 unwanted...
Your free 2020 calendar
31 October 2019

We still have some of the popular pest calendars available. If you or your organisation would like one of these fantastic, bright and colourful Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence 2020 unwanted pest calendars (created by KVH, Biosecurity New Zealand and the Port of Tauranga) send us an email letting us know your postal address and we’ll get one in the mail to you.

Biosecurity News
31 October 2019
Young Kiwis keeping unwanted pests and diseases at bay
31 October 2019
Sentinel gardens (a KVH-led project as part of the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital initiative) contain host plants that are attractive to specific threats and diseases. They can be placed at...
Young Kiwis keeping unwanted pests and diseases at bay
31 October 2019

Sentinel gardens (a KVH-led project as part of the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital initiative) contain host plants that are attractive to specific threats and diseases. They can be placed at various spots throughout the Tauranga Moana region.

The gardens could provide early warning indications of insects or pathogens that could affect kiwifruit orchards so are monitored regularly for any signs out of the ordinary. The gardens are also a creative and fun way to build community awareness and surveillance skills and raise biosecurity awareness outside the classroom. If a biosecurity threat is found, a report to Biosecurity New Zealand can be made immediately.

There are currently sentinel gardens at St Thomas More Catholic School in Mount Maunganui and St Mary’s School in Tauranga – the wonderful students from both schools have produced videos about their gardens, telling us how they work in teams to monitor them on a daily basis and what they do if they spot anything unusual.

Watch the videos on the KVH You Tube channel here.

Biosecurity News
31 October 2019
Biosecurity Grower Day a success
31 October 2019
Last week there were several biosecurity events held during the region’s ‘Spotlight on Biosecurity’ week. On Wednesday, KVH and Zespri jointly hosted a Kiwifruit Grower Biosecurity...
Biosecurity Grower Day a success
31 October 2019

Last week there were several biosecurity events held during the region’s ‘Spotlight on Biosecurity’ week. On Wednesday, KVH and Zespri jointly hosted a Kiwifruit Grower Biosecurity Day, providing the opportunity to learn more about the work underway to protect the industry from unwanted pests and diseases.

Ceratocystis fimbriata, commonly known in New Zealand as Brazilian Wilt, is one such threat. Special guest speaker Professor Acelino Alfenas, from the University of Viçosa in Brazil, presented on the impacts and control of wilt caused by the disease on kiwifruit in Brazil.

KVH Biosecurity Manager Matt Dyck followed this up when he talked about the kiwifruit industry’s readiness and response planning, which aims to reduce the likelihood and impact of an incursion (through planning with industry and Biosecurity New Zealand), advancing tools and knowledge, and raising industry awareness and best practice.

Part of raising awareness with industry is promoting the Kiwifruit’s Most Unwanted list, which was detailed on the day to explain what is on the list and why. The newly updated list has been used to create easy to use leaflets and posters available to growers and include a new addition – the Spotted Lanternfly, which has yet to be seen in New Zealand but is causing damage in the USA considered to be just as bad as the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). 

Sonia Whiteman from the Zespri Innovation team also mentioned the Spotted Lanternfly when providing an update on Research and Development priorities for 2019/20. Alongside ongoing work learning more about management of BMSB and the similar Yellow Spotted Stink Bug, there will be research into field management of Spotted Lanternfly and the damage it could do to plants and vines.

Pathogens (Brazilian Wilt and Phytophthora) are a priority for the team too, as is gaining a greater understanding of any barriers to the adoption of best practice biosecurity guidelines created and implemented by KVH earlier this year.

If you missed out on attending the grower day there will be videos of presentations available on the near future.  

Following on from grower day in the morning,  KVH and Biosecurity New Zealand held a closed workshop to utilise the expertise and knowledge in the room from the morning session. The aim of the workshop was to understand and learn from Professor Acelino Alfenas’ first hand experience of Brazilian Wilt and its impact in Brazilian kiwifruit. We explored the key knowledge gaps identified in our readiness and response plan, focussing on three areas; the pathogens biology, surveillance and detection, and the best eradication and containment options. The workshop was a great success and we will now apply these learnings to refine and advance our current readiness and response plan and prioritise our furture research activites/investment in this space.

Biosecurity News
31 October 2019
In the news
31 October 2019
Enemy #1: The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is a very long name for the greatest threat to New Zealand’s biosecurity as we know it. A huge amount of time and money is spent every year...
In the news
31 October 2019

Enemy #1: The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is a very long name for the greatest threat to New Zealand’s biosecurity as we know it.

A huge amount of time and money is spent every year trying to intercept the bug: searching and turning back shipping containers, intercepting packages, ensuring constant vigilance at airports, and educating the public to enlist their own help in spotting suspicious critters. If we want an idea of just how bad it might be if the BMSB established itself in New Zealand, we don’t need to use our imagination, because in a country about the same size as ours, on the other side of the world, the stink bug is running rampant. 

Protocols & Movement Controls
31 October 2019
Mandatory monitoring due now
31 October 2019
All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions should have carried out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring and provided results to KVH (due...
Mandatory monitoring due now
31 October 2019

All growers in Exclusion regions and all growers with ‘Not Detected’ orchards in all regions should have carried out a round of Psa mandatory monitoring and provided results to KVH (due today).

If you still need to get your results in, there is an online form to help with this – 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
31 October 2019
First birthday for Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital
31 October 2019
Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) celebrated the last 12 months of leading and taking collaborative action towards biosecurity excellence, with its second annual Biosecurity Excellence...
First birthday for Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital
31 October 2019

Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) celebrated the last 12 months of leading and taking collaborative action towards biosecurity excellence, with its second annual Biosecurity Excellence Symposium last Tuesday.

The symposium was about building connections across the network, with participants coming from a range of backgrounds  - iwi, science, education, industry and government. What all had in common was a passion for biosecurity and a passion for protecting what we love about the region.

Over 80 members from across the biosecurity community attended the day which had a theme of ‘This is Personal’, highlighting how biosecurity incursions affect all of us.  A diverse range of speakers reminded us what’s at stake including a first hand account of the devastating impact Bovine tuberculosis has had on one farming family from Waikite Valley and reflections on the impacts and hard lessons learned during the Psa outbreak.  

TMBC’s success in building awareness and education for biosecurity was evident.  One example being the unique sentinel gardens, raising biosecurity awareness at schools and also assisting with surveillance for biosecurity threats.

The second half of the Symposium focussed on showcasing examples of how TMBC members have been working hard to build biosecurity capability in the last 12 months.  Talks ranged from a training session on how to identify a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and information about a programme called ‘E Hine’ at Te Puna Primary connecting young women to the Taiao (or natural environment),  through to the development and implementation of the kiwifruit industry’s new on-orchard guidelines and some of the most advanced technology in marine robotics. 

You can read much more about the day and the TMBC week of biosecurity events in the next issue of the Kiwifruit Journal.

Biosecurity News
31 October 2019
Businesses pledge to protect New Zealand
31 October 2019
A group of 50 New Zealand companies have signed a first-of-its-kind pledge to protect New Zealand from pests and diseases. The Biosecurity Business Pledge – which includes KVH and Zespri,...
Businesses pledge to protect New Zealand
31 October 2019

A group of 50 New Zealand companies have signed a first-of-its-kind pledge to protect New Zealand from pests and diseases.

The Biosecurity Business Pledge – which includes KVH and Zespri, alongside some of New Zealand’s biggest businesses, was launched today by participating businesses and Biosecurity Minister Damien O‘Connor.

At the launch Minister O'Connor said that as a nation that depends on trade and tourism, and a country whose lifestyle is linked to our unique natural environment, having a culture of everyone taking responsibility for biosecurity is vital.

The aim of the pledge is to take a more proactive approach to biosecurity by improving the partnership between government and businesses, to help prevent unnecessary costs and disruptions for Kiwi businesses,communities and the wider New Zealand economy. Everyone who signs up commits to:

  • actively seek to understand and manage the biosecurity considerations associated with their business activities;
  • promote a culture of proactive biosecurity management within their operations, across their business, around their board tables, and across their teams;
  • incorporate biosecurity into their procurement policies that guide the selection of goods, travel, logistics, and service providers;
  • take opportunities to support their customers, staff, suppliers and stakeholders to understand the importance of biosecurity and what good biosecurity practice looks like; and,
  • approach biosecurity with the view that it is everyone's responsibility, that risk is best managed offshore, and that they will actively engage with the Ministry for Primary Industries to support better biosecurity outcomes for New Zealand.

A key benefit for businesses of joining the pledge campaign is improved early engagement with Biosecurity New Zealand on emerging biosecurity issues and risks. There will also be more opportunities to work in good faith together to improve outcomes for individual businesses (as well as the environment and the overall New Zealand economy) through quarterly biosecurity updates and more regular heads up alerts.

Biosecurity News
31 October 2019
Can you pick the BMSB? Here is the answer
31 October 2019
If you said the bug on the left-hand side is the BMSB, you are correct. The distinctive characteristics of the BMSB are the double white bands on the antennae, and the marmorated pattern (cream and...
Can you pick the BMSB? Here is the answer
31 October 2019

If you said the bug on the left-hand side is the BMSB, you are correct. The distinctive characteristics of the BMSB are the double white bands on the antennae, and the marmorated pattern (cream and brown zig zag).

The others are two of the most commonly seen native stink bugs. The bug in the middle is the Brown soldier bug, which is easily identifiable by the yellow crescent moon on its back. The bug on the far right is the Schellenberg’s soldier bug, which has spiny sharp shoulders.

You can read more about how to identify the BMSB from the many similar native stink bugs we have in New Zealand in our updated fact sheet online, and remember to report anything you think might be this unwanted pest.

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