Forest Protection annual science report for 2013
Scion has released the Forest Protection annual science report for 2013, highlighting our achievements in forest health and biosecurity research for the year.
One of the more outstanding achievements has been the allocation of $10 million funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment over the next six years to lead collaborative research into Phytophthora species. This project offers an opportunity for New Zealand to become global leaders in Phytophthora research.
Also, our entomologists have been furthering their work in determining a fumigation-free period for New Zealand’s log exports through the establishment of a national pest trapping network. The network is already having benefits with data being used by the Ministry for Primary Industries to evaluate post-fumigation exposure periods.
A new Fire Weather System has been developed by our fire researchers to provide fire managers access to fire weather information, forecast data and danger conditions across the country. Our pest management scientists have also developed two new aerial spray application methods for pest eradication in sensitive locations, such as urban environments. These are the first tools in a toolkit of spraying techniques the team hopes to develop over the next few years.
These are just some of our achievements. To read more, you can obtain a copy of the report by contacting Reception or visit our website: www.scionresearch.com/general/publications