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KVH hosts Kiwinet workshop
15 December 2016

KVH last week facilitated it’s twice-annual KiwiNet workshop, with around 35 participants from MPI and industry stakeholders in attendance. The aim of the workshop was to engage with the group, inform them of emerging biosecurity threats and to discuss ways KiwiNet will be involved for any future responses.

The group was presented with information by MPI’s Rory MacLellan and Lindi Eloff on emerging risks to the industry, such as Spotted Wing Drosophila and Red Vented Bulbul. 
The main focus of the workshop was the Ceratocystis fimbriata exercise. For this exercise, the draft Readiness Plan was tested, to raise awareness of how we might respond; identifying practical issues and knowledge gaps to be addressed going forward. A scenario was presented and background information given, while representatives from KVH, Zespri, MPI and Plant and Food Research role-played to determine what the Kiwinet involvement would be and possible response strategies to the situation. Ceratocystis fimbriata is a fungal pathogen considered one of the most serious biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit industry. 

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