Theme 4: Surveillance

Research in this theme will develop and apply knowledge and tools that ensure investment in surveillance provides optimal returns to New Zealand’s border biosecurity.

Priorities for this theme include the development of:

  • An analytical framework to quantify how disparate surveillance activities contribute to the success of the biosecurity system as a whole; and
  • New surveillance technologies and approaches.

Current research in this theme is developing:

  • New and improved lures for targeted insect trapping;
  • Self-reporting “smart traps” and automated trap analysis software;
  • Surveillance methods for plant pathogens and their vectors; and
  • Methods to measure surveillance efficacy and objectively allocate surveillance effort.