Biosecurity

We use our knowledge to reduce impacts from new incursions of plant pests and diseases.

Plant & Food Research uses expertise in entomology and plant pathology to develop new methods of monitoring borders and managing incursions of new plant pests and diseases. Our researchers have access to the best available technologies and resources for biosecurity research:

  • Containment glasshouses and laboratories
  • DNA fingerprinting
  • Disease risk modelling
  • GC Mass Spectrometry and HPLC
  • Electroantennogram-coupled gas chromatography
  • Single sensillum recording for insect electrophysiology
  • Wind tunnel and realtime insect tracking systems
  • Sterile insect technique and surveillance calibration systems.

Plant & Food Research is a partner in Better Border Biosecurity, a multi-partner programme researching ways to reduce the rate at which new pests and diseases cross the border and establish in New Zealand.

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