NETS2014 Registration Opening Soon

NETS2014 registration will be opening soon.

This year's National Education and Training Seminar will be held in New Plymouth in the mighty Taranaki from 30 July to 1 August 2014.

The theme of this year's conference is "Like No Other!" The registration form and programme will be loaded on this website soon and all members will be notified. Don't forget to tell your friends, NETS is a great place to network and learn of developments in the field of biosecurity. Non-members get free 1 year trail membership to the NZBI.

More information on the Conference......


Landcare Research to Investigate Biological Control of Wasps

Landcare Research has been granted $430,000 over three years to investigate ways to use a mite to control wasp populations threatening local wildlife.

While working with wasp nests collected from the countryside in the lab, PhD student Bob Brown spotted the mites, which attach by their mouths to the wasps. The mites stuck to places that were hard for the host insects to groom.

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A Second Queensland Fruit Fly Found in Whangarei

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is investigating a new find of a single male Queensland fruit fly in a surveillance trap in Whangarei.

The fly was collected from an MPI routine surveillance trap on Tuesday and formally identified late yesterday.

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The Bio-Protection Research Centre Funding Loss

A top Lincoln-based research group says that missing out on $20 million in government funding will put New Zealand's agriculture, horticulture and forestry at risk from biosecurity threats.

The Bio-Protection Research Centre will no longer be funded as a centre of research excellence (CoRE) from the end of 2015, after missing out on the six-yearly funding by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). The commission manages the Government's approximately $3 billion annual funding for tertiary education.

The decision was perplexing and disappointing, centre director Travis Glare said.

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Queensland Fruit Fly Found in Whangarei

A single male Queensland fruit fly has been found in a trap in Whangarei.

The fly, which poses a potential threat to New Zealand's horticultural industry, was collected from a surveillance trap on Tuesday and the Ministry for Primary Industries is investigating the find.

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