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08 December 2022

You’re invited a special in-person workshop with world-renowned Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) expert, Julie Urban.

Normally based in the USA, Julie is travelling New Zealand early 2023 to host a range of events sharing her experiences managing SLF in the North-East USA.

SLF is an emerging biosecurity threat to kiwifruit and many other horticultural industries. It’s native to Asia but has invaded North America, where its numbers have grown rapidly. The pest is hard to control and is a proven invader, capable of flying and hitchhiking on inanimate objects.

At this stage, we are planning to hold a workshop the morning of Thursday 2 February in the Bay of Plenty. Specifics are still to be confirmed but be sure to save the date so you don’t miss out and remember to keep an eye out in our next Bulletin and on our website as for more details.

This is a great opportunity to get first-hand knowledge of how SLF is behaving outside its native range and take some valuable lessons from the USA experience and apply them to our own setting to ensure we continue to enhance our readiness for this unwanted pest.

If you have any questions or queries please email [email protected]

What: Spotted Lanternfly workshop with USA scientist, Julie Urban (in person)
When: Thursday 2 February 2023
Where: TBC - details to follow