The Plant & Food Research team that took on the devastating Psa-V disease and won, are the deserving recipients of the Prime Minister’s top science prize, Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says.
Horticulture New Zealand President Julian Raine says the industry is encouraged to hear Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor say he won’t let the brown marmorated stink bug anywhere near New Zealand.
New Zealand’s isolation from the rest of the world has, until recently, protected our country from many pests and diseases. By good luck and some good management we have kept a lot of the world’s pests and diseases out of New Zealand.
Providing earlier warning of biosecurity risks by establishing a biosecurity intelligence team within government is a good idea, says Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman.
Winter, the risk season for the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), is finishing in the Northern hemisphere countries where it lives. In winter, this bug hibernates in dark and protected places such as houses, cars, machinery, and suit cases.
A quick list of frequently asked questions about BMSB.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Council has made an application to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to release the Samurai wasp in the event of a BMSB incursion in New Zealand.
BMSB is one the biggest biosecurity threats facing New Zealand, and is frequently intercepted at our borders. It has the potential to cause significant economic damage to the horticulture industry, and would become a serious nuisance to home owners.