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21 February 2019

Watching out for stink bugs: Agriculture Victoria biosecurity officers are on the lookout for any sign of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) after a detection in the south east of Melbourne recently and have made an interesting video about their trapping and surveillance activities, featuring some footage borrowed from NZ officials.

Watch the video on YouTube but please ignore the contact phone numbers for reporting as they for an Australian audience – remember to call Biosecurity New Zealand on 0800 80 99 66 to report anything unusual.

Keep your enemies close: When it comes to bioprotection, knowing your enemy is half the battle. In a pioneer project supported by Zespri and KVH, Plant & Food Research scientists went to China to study BMSB and its natural enemy, the Samurai Wasp, at their natural habitat. Watch the video on Facebook. 

King talks mental health to kiwifruit industry: Two-hundred people from the Bay of Plenty’s kiwifruit industry heard Mike King share his mental health challenges as well as ways to deal with improving their own wellbeing and that of their friends and colleagues. The talk – ahead of the kiwifruit industry’s high-workload harvest and packing of fruit – was organised by the Future Leaders group as a timely reminder that high priority must be placed on people’s wellbeing.

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