Thursday, 10 January, 2019 - 12:07

A big welcome to the summer students working on B3 and aligned projects over the coming months with various B3 partners.  We hope this will inspire you to a career in biosecurity. 


Wednesday, 21 November, 2018 - 22:51

Australia and New Zealand have entered into a new collaboration to strengthen plant biosecurity research.

The Australian Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI) will join forces with Better Border Biosecurity, New Zealand (B3 NZ) through a memorandum of understanding.

“We are both committed to working together to deliver plant biosecurity research of mutual benefit to both countries,” said PBRI Chair Greg Fraser.

“Trans-Tasman connections will be facilitated between key elements of our biosecurity research, development and extension systems,” said B3NZ Chair James Buwalda.

The main aspects of the new collaboration will involve:

  • cross-sectoral projects on pre-border, at-border and immediate post border biosecurity research;
  • government, industry, research or academic players, including partners of PBRI and B3; and
  • formation of a joint Aus/NZ plant biosecurity network to support the professional development of post-graduate and post-doctoral students.

As part of this collaboration, New Zealand biosecurity researchers will be invited to the inaugural Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative R&D Symposium being held on...

Friday, 31 August, 2018 - 15:22

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Sunday, 29 July, 2018 - 20:35

Tauranga is home to New Zealand's busiest port. Last year it handled more than eight million tonnes of imported goods. That's a lot of cargo for pests, weeds and diseases to hide amongst. But with an estimated two thousand workers on the port there's also a lot of eyes potentially scanning for evidence of contaminations.

In 2016 MPI, the Port company and several local industries banded together to promote biosecurity awareness among members of the port community. And B3 is providing research to support this biosecurity excellence initiative, through identifying local risks, investigating potential new technologies and quantifying changes in biosecurity awareness.

B3’s Theme Leader from AgResearch John Kean explains: “The Biosecurity Excellence Initiative is doing a great job promoting biosecurity awareness with open days, demonstrations, sausage sizzles and informational calendars for people working in and around the port. They are engaging the local community in a dialogue around what biosecurity means for them and how they can participate. In B3 we are excited to be contributing our science expertise to this effort”.

John co-leads a multidisciplinary B3 project with Scion’s Steve Pawson. In part of the work entomologists are...

Thursday, 28 June, 2018 - 10:59

There have been several outstanding examples of B3 research being recognised by the wider biosecurity community in recent weeks. 

Craig Phillips recognised by DOC Director General for role in GWB eradication

Department of Conservation, Director General, Lou Sanson, recently wrote to B3 and AGR to acknowledge the “very significant role that Dr Craig Phillips played in the success of the Great White Butterfly (GWB) eradication programme”.


Thursday, 24 May, 2018 - 13:28


More than 150 biosecurity professionals gathered for the Third B3 Conference at Te Papa, Wellington this year, for what, according to Chris Green from DoC, was “the best yet”.

The B3 Conference is fast becoming the focal point for the New Zealand plant biosecurity community with attendees from within the B3 membership (research, government, industry, academic) and beyond and, on this occasion, a substantial group of visitors from Australia.  Additionally, several satellite meetings were organised around the conference to exploit of the assembly...

Tuesday, 27 March, 2018 - 09:50


Twenty experts from South America, Africa, India, Canada and Europe met in Palmerston North recently to discuss advances in the sterile insect technique – a developing weapon against insect pests. The technique involves releasing large numbers of sterile insects into the environment, providing mates for the existing population but no offspring. 

The technique is being developed for a range of pests, from sugar cane pests in South Africa to navel orange worm moths in California....

Thursday, 22 February, 2018 - 12:00

A number of B3 researchers have been recognised by their peers for their outstanding professional contribution to bioprotection and biosecurity on invasive species.

Friday, 27 October, 2017 - 09:52

A major refresh of B3 research was undertaken between August 2016 and June 2017 building upon the numerous achievements of B3 over the last 10 years.  The refresh was based on the new B3 Strategy (developed in 2016) and stakeholder’s priorities, and consisted of a two stage process of project Concepts and followed by the development of Full Proposals.  Despite key meetings being interrupted by earthquakes, fog and biosecurity incursions, a strong suite of research projects targeting significant biosecurity outcomes has been developed. 

Principles of co-innovation with stakeholders were paramount throughout the process from Concept initiation through to the signoff of targeted outcomes.  Critical review and selection of Project Concepts and Full Proposals was overseen by a Science Advisory Group (SAG).  The...

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