Unwelcome pests need a firm response – NZ Herald, 27 December 2017

This article reminds us that New Zealand is and has been dealing with many biosecurity risks and incursions on a daily basis.  The article mentions Chilean Needle Grass, M. Bovis, Fanworm, Wilding Pines, Myrtle Rust, droplet tunicate, and Kauri Dieback (Phytophthora agathidicida). Read the full article on the Herald’s website.    

Biosecurity terminology – a short primer

Words like disinfect and sanitise are often used interchangeably and without much understanding.  Here’s a few working definitions for you: Microbe – a microorganism such as a bacterium or virus. A microbe might not cause disease or infection. Pathogen – a bacterium, virus or other microorganism that can cause disease. Fomite – objects or materials which can carry […]

Foot and mouth disease

New Zealand has never had an outbreak of Foot and Mouth, but if there is one disease we’re all afraid of, it’s this one. Biosecurity New Zealand has a comprehensive set of resources that outline what the disease is, how to recognise it, how New Zealand has prepared for an incursion, and who to call […]