Investment in science to understand the nature of significant biosecurity threats, and developing tools for their management should they arrive, is a big priority for the kiwifruit industry.
KVH and Zespri established the Biosecurity Advisory Group with the goal of reducing the risk and impact of biosecurity incursions to the kiwifruit industry. The group identifies knowledge gaps and prioritises research needs relating to kiwifruit biosecurity threats that are not yet established in New Zealand.
The group prioritises research to meet the following objectives:
Develop a greater understanding of biosecurity threats to the kiwifruit industry.
Develop tools to reduce the likelihood of establishment and impact of these biosecurity threats, which includes tools for diagnostics, surveillance, eradication and management.
Pathway analysis to understand where gaps may occur in the biosecurity system and take a collaborative approach with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to address these.
Associated with the group is the Kiwifruit Biosecurity Research Portfolio, managed by the Zespri Innovation team.
|Leanne Stewart||KVH||Chief Executive|
|Matt Dyck||KVH||Biosecurity Manager|
|Erin Lane||KVH||Senior Biosecurity Advisor|
|Dr Chandan Pal||Zespri||Innovation Manager|
|Rebecca Burns||Zespri||Innovation Leader|
|Juliet Ansell||Zespri||Head of Core and Resilience Innovation|
|Robert Taylor||Ministry for Primary Industries||Team Manager Mycology & Botany|
|Simon Cook||KVH||KVH Director|
|Dr David Bellamy||Plant & Food Research||Science Group Leader Entomology|
|Dr Rebecca McDougal||Scion||Team Lead Pathology Ecology & Control|
|Dr David Teulon||Plant & Food Research||Principal Scientist|
|Karen Pugh||Ministry for Primary Industries||Team Manager Fresh Produce Imports|
|Sophie Badland||New Zealand Winegrowers||Biosecurity and Emergency Response Manager|
|Dr Phil Hume||COBRAS||Director|