AgResearch scientists have found two enteroviruses in wild possums that could be used to carry vaccines for possum biocontrols such as contraception.
The establishment of state-of-the-art glasshouses at AgResearch's Ruakura campus will help combat invasive species that threaten New Zealand's pastorally-based economy.
Pandemic? Biosecurity? Bioterrorism? Potential threats all. Since 9/11 and SARS the world has taken big steps in proactive surveillance. But like all nations, perhaps the biggest challenge NZ faces is to bring the barrage of facts together, into a single – relevant - information source. Crown Research Institute ESR reckons it’s cracked the problem.
A new threat to possums is on the horizon, with the successful release of genetically marked parasites in a field trial at Kahurangi National Park at the top of the South Island.
AgResearch scientists are studying tussock in an effort to improve border biosecurity.
The boneseed leafroller caterpillar has been released at Diamond Harbour on Banks Peninsular by staff from Landcare Research, to help control the pest plant boneseed.
A bee colony is being established by HortResearch on an offshore island to breed queen bees tolerant to the bee-killing varroa mite for New Zealand's honey producers.
AgResearch says that latest results show that a tiny Irish wasp released early last year is hitting adult clover root weevils hard in the North Island.
An environment-friendly disinfestation system developed by New Zealand's Crop & Food Research and BOC will be taken up worldwide by Dole, the world's largest producer and marketer of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The cure must not be worse than the illness: a good principle for biosecurity and the reason behind a new disinfestation facility at Crop & Food Research to develop environmentally safe ways of treating horticultural and forest produce for export and imported goods
Buoyed by the successful establishment and persistence of the biocontrol agent for clover root weevil at experimental release sites, the AgResearch Biocontrol & Biosecurity team plans to roll it out into other regions.
AgResearch's Lincoln-based scientists are hot on the scent of odours that will attract and ultimately trap the clover root weevil - a major clover pasture pest.
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