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...

Friday, 15 September, 2017 - 16:40


Attempts to STOP BMSB from establishing in New Zealand, and the assistance we are receiving from US scientists,  are being highlighted in America.


Friday, 15 September, 2017 - 15:20

About 20 US and 40 NZ scientists met in Auckland in the last week of August 2017 to explore research initiatives to prevent the establishment or mitigate the impact of invasive vertebrate, invertebrates, pathogens and weeds.  

This 3 day workshop was the consequence of activities associated with the NZ US Invasive Species Working Group funded for two years (2014-2016) from the MBIE International Relationships Fund under the auspices of NZ-US Joint Commission on Science and Technology Collaboration (or JCM) ( 

The ‘JCM’ has enabled a number of scientists from both countries to engage in a variety of ways on topics associated with border security and management of invasive species over the last few years.  The recent workshop provided a further opportunity for scientists to build-on and develop strategic research collaborations invasive species research.  US Consulate-Auckland staff were able to sit in on a number of...

Wednesday, 6 September, 2017 - 15:40

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Tiny creatures in soil that attack plants have shown the ability to survive for at least three years in new research, giving new insights into the bio-security threats posed by passenger travel and trade between countries. The creatures, called nematodes, are very small worm-like organisms - and are estimated to cause billions of dollars of crop damage worldwide each year. They can survive in dried out, seemingly harmless soil attached to a shoe or a freight container coming across the border - and can be extremely hardy and have both beneficial and detrimental impacts. Lynn Freeman speaks with a research scientist at AgResearch, Mark McNeil

Thursday, 10 August, 2017 - 14:43

Last week (2 August 2017) The Hon Nathan Guy recognised individuals, communities and organisations that have made a positive difference to New Zealand's biosecurity at an awards ceremony at Parliament in Wellington.

The awards covered the whole spectrum of the biosecurity system, including at the border and pest management, in the plant, animal, freshwater and marine domains. The full list of awardees can be found at B3 congratulates all award winners.

B3 researchers had active participation in the activities of three of the award winners. These include:

  • Department of Conservation (The Great White Butterfly Eradication Project) won the “Government’ and the ‘SupremeAwards. The Department of Conservation eliminated this pest butterfly from New Zealand. Scientific expertise drawn from B3 helped drive the world-first eradication of the invasive great white butterfly (see:

Thursday, 22 June, 2017 - 10:45

(Photograph courtesy of Geoff Allen)

Scientists at Plant & Food Research, B3 (Better Border Biosecurity), Scion and the University of Auckland have been studying the ‘bedroom’ behaviour of the parasitoid wasp Cotesia urabae to better understand the insects’ mating activity and preferences.


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