Reducing risks and threats across landscapes

  • Didymo sign. Image - Tom Faser
  • Rich Leschen delivering beetle workshop to MPI. Image - Birgit Rhode
  • Removing baggage from plane. Image - Cissy Pan

Leader: Dr Maureen O'Callaghan, AgResearch

New Zealand is highly vulnerable to incursions of invasive pests, weeds and diseases. For example, the painted apple moth has threatened our productive and natural ecosystems. The disease PTA (Phytophthora taxon Agathis) is decimating kauri forests around Auckland and parts of Northland, and established weeds like broom and gorse are severely impacting our dryland environments.

Our objective is to reduce the rates of incursion or establishment by these foreign invaders.

Improved collaboration between researchers working in production and natural ecosystems will provide mutual benefits and deliver advanced new technologies and tools. Our goal is to ‘scale-up’ pre- and post-border incursion and control operations to improve the accuracy, cost-effectiveness and efficacy.

Biosecurity network interventions

A better understanding of the human-assisted networks that underpin the spread of biosecurity threats, such as Foot and…

Community control of kauri dieback: Tiaki mō kauri

This project will enable scientists, communities and mana whenua to work together on the remedial treatment of kauri…

Hi-tech solutions to invasive mammal pests

Research on invasive mammals is changing gear and increasing resolution to a molecular level never attempted before in…

Māori solutions to biosecurity threats and incursions to taonga species (Patua riha rāwaho)

How do we incorporate mātauranga Māori with contemporary methods to improve pre border biosecurity risk assessment, surveillance of…

Novel pest control technologies for wasps

This project aims to deliver a step-change in the management of wasps, shifting from the current “small site…

Public perceptions of the use of novel pest control methods

Scientists designing pest control methods know that they are part of a wider society and there is a…

Using mobile technology to protect New Zealand from biosecurity threats

This project aims to provide an enduring and flexible model for a fast, easy-to-use system for identifying, reporting,…

Stopping kauri dieback in its tracks

This project will use a combination of biochemistry and mātauranga Māori to try to foil the spread of…