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Are you a biosecurity quiz master?

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04 Aug 22 Biosecurity News

Are you a biosecurity quiz master?

KVH was a proud supporter of the recent Bay of Plenty Young Grower event, which included a competition day and gala awards evening.

KVH provided a biosecurity quiz to the eight competitors on the day - below is the quiz put to each of them, who delighted us with their biosecurity knowledge. How does your knowledge compare? Test yourself before checking the answers here. Good luck!

  1. Name the two unwanted pests pictured above.
  2. Name the government department responsible for biosecurity.
  3. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) are two of the biggest threats to New Zealand’s horticultural industries. However, the type of impact on horticulture is significantly different for both pests. Name the two different ways in which these pests impact horticulture.
  4. Not all plant pathogens can be spread in the wind like Psa. What is another way that pathogens can spread between orchards?
  5. A new-to-New Zealand biosecurity threat was detected in a Spongy Moth (previously known as Asian Gypsy Moth) trap in Tauranga earlier this year. What was the organism?
  6. There are a number of ways in which you can report something unusual on your orchard. Name two of these.
  7. The implications of our changing climate are far reaching. Name two impacts climate change could have on biosecurity risk.
  8. The New Zealand biosecurity system is not a single layer of defence, but is made up of many different layers. It is often described as a ‘swiss cheese model’ (see an image of the model here). Explain what is meant by this.
  9. Name two national pest management plans currently in place in New Zealand.
  10. Growers are responsible for protecting their orchards, and others, by ensuring the movement risk of harvest equipment, people, and bins onto and around their orchard is minimised. Name four measures you can put in place to increase harvest hygiene and reduce the risk of spreading biosecurity threats.
  11. Biosecurity has topped KPMG’s annual Agribusiness Agenda priorities survey for 12 years running. Despite this, we can see biosecurity complacency settle in as biosecurity is an issue that often sits out of sight and out of mind for many. Name two ways in which you can combat biosecurity complacency on your orchard/ in your workplace.
  12. Growers should check and be comfortable that inputs crossing their orchard boundary do not present a risk to their investment. Imagine you are a grower, and you have the following inputs coming onto your orchard. What questions do you need to ask, and what measures would you expect before allowing entry and movement through your orchard?

    See if you can think of two questions or measures per input below:
    Nursery plants
    Tools and equipment (i.e. pruning shears, secateurs)


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