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Pollen pathway risk review, BS20149, September 2020

Pollen pathway risk review, BS20149, September 2020

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21 May 24 R&D News

Pollen pathway risk review, BS20149, September 2020

It was acknowledged there is little information known on the ability of pollen that transmit pathogens. To address this gap, an extensive literature review was undertaken on pollen and associated floral debris as a means of pathogen (viruses, oomycetes, fungi and bacteria) spread.

This work will help inform KVH’s proposed Pathway Management Plan to ensure appropriate measures are implemented to manage the level of risk associated with pollen.

Key findings from the report include:

  • That pollen is a substrate that can transmit pathogens, but there a few pathogens present in NZ that are known to be pollen transmissible.
  • The pollen review confirms that the existing pollen protocols are adequate for managing current known risks.

Read the report here or view a summary presentation here.


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