Innovations for better biosecurity

A five-part podcast series exploring how innovative science is pushing boundaries to protect borders, get pests to push off, and deal with disease. New episodes coming soon!

Understanding myrtle rust in New Zealand

Understanding myrtle rust in New Zealand

Myrtle rust - it's been in the news a lot since it was first found in New Zealand in 2017 and could have a major effect on some of our native trees. So what actually is it, how far has it spread and what native trees are most at risk? Blue Plunkett talks to Dr Robert Beresford, a pathologist and specialist on rusts who has been working on understanding the spread of the disease in New Zealand.

 
Kicking up a stink

Kicking up a stink

In this episode we talk to entomologist Gonzalo Avila about the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. This bug that has been intercepted at New Zealand ports catching rides on inbound ships and could do major damage to our horticultural crops in New Zealand if they ever established.

 
Pest free fruit and the weevil genius

Pest free fruit and the weevil genius

In this episode we talk to insect scientist Dr Sam Brown about the never ending battle to keep NZ fruit exports free of insect hitchhikers. We also delve into Sam's past and the shadowy underworld of "The Weevil Empire"

 
The phosphite fight back

The phosphite fight back

Dr Ian Horner discusses Kauri dieback disease and his research to help save the iconic, taonga species.

 
Plant v pathogen

Plant v pathogen

Weapons, surveillance, covert operations and sabotage. Hear from Dr Jo Bowen on how her research is helping the plant outfox the pathogen.

 
Cloning super sensors

Cloning super sensors

Manufacturing electronic sensors that harness the super-sensory capacity of insects: Dr Andrew Kralicek is designing new sensing equipment for biosecurity, medical diagnosis and workplace safety from cloned insect protein receptors.

 
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