Priority Needs for Biosecurity Science

Last year, MAFBNZ implemented a new biosecurity science system as outlined in the Biosecurity Science Strategy (2007). MAFBNZ established three sectoral science advisory groups (aquatic, animal and plant focused) and a cross sectoral advisory group, bringing together a wide range of expertise across biosecurity.

Last year, MAFBNZ implemented a new biosecurity science system as outlined in the Biosecurity Science Strategy (2007). We established three sectoral science advisory groups (aquatic, animal and plant focused) and a cross sectoral advisory group, bringing together a wide range of expertise across biosecurity. The advisory groups considered and prioritised a number of research needs which had been identified by the wider biosecurity community through a submission process. Many of you have provided input into this process and this was much appreciated.
 
Sixteen areas were identified as high priority research needs through the prioritisation process. This list of priorities is attached and is also available on MAFBNZ’s website (http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/biosec/research#science-strategy). These research areas are not MAFBNZ priorities, but priorities for New Zealand’s biosecurity system as a whole. Please forward them on to anyone who may have an interest in biosecurity science.
 
This was the first round of prioritisation and it has been a learning process. Future rounds may see the ‘outcome’ look different (for example more detail provided around the research priorities). The mechanism for providing input is also going to change to make submission of research needs easier and ideally more interactive. We will provide you with further details prior to the next prioritisation round, which will be held in 2011.
 
Should you have any questions or require any further information please contact the Strategic Science Team by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it