Thursday, 16 May, 2019 - 10:12

Picture from Plant and Food Research

A new walking trail at the Auckland Botanic Gardens will give locals and overseas visitors a chance to learn about New Zealand’s flora as well as the role they play in protecting it.

The Biosecurity Trail is a collaboration between Better Border Biosecurity (B3) and the Auckland Botanic Garden (ABG), funded by Plant and Food Research. Visitors can embark on a 1.8 km-long walk round the garden and discover biosecurity facts at their own pace as they admire more than 10,000 native and exotic plants.


Thursday, 4 April, 2019 - 14:36

Dr David Teulon is Director of Better Border Biosecurity (B3), a collaborative science programme between Plant & Food Research, AgResearch, Scion, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, Bio-Protection Research Centre, Ministry for Primary Industries, Department of Conservation, Forest Owners Association and Horticulture NZ. Dr Karen Armstrong of the Bio-Protection Research Centre at Lincoln University leads B3’s Diagnostics Research. Dr John Kean of AgResearch leads B3’s Pathway Risk analysis.


Tuesday, 5 February, 2019 - 15:21

Photo: Electron Microscopy Laboratory, U.C. Berkeley

The following is a recent press release made by the Xylella Action Group.

New Zealand’s horticulture and wine industry groups are pleased to have been awarded a Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) Tere grant to progress research into an invasive and unwanted plant pathogen spreading overseas....

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

(Peter Crisp/South Australian Research and Development Institute)               (David R. Lance, USDA APHIS PPQ,


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”.


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