Forest Protection Transitional and Containment Facilities

The Scion invertebrate transitional and containment facility and the PC2 microorganism containment facility is devoted to forest protection research.

Invertebrate Transitional and Containment Facility

The primary purpose of a Transitional Facility is to manage the biosecurity risks that are, or are associated with, organisms. The facility is used for rearing of insects for eradication and biological control as well as host testing.

Using this facility, Scion provides scientific research on a wide range of topics (primarily forestry and forest product related) to government, industry and the general public.

PC2 Microorganism Containment Facility

The primary purpose of a Containment Facility is to manage the biosecurity risks that are new organisms and to contain the risk so that they should never become established in NZ. This includes microorganisms or cell cultures that are designated new organisms by Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), are those not known to be present in New Zealand and that are not approved for release.

Specifically, Scion provides a quality forest pest and disease diagnostic and identification service and scientific research to government, industry and the general public. To provide this service it is necessary to maintain microorganisms in containment:

  • as reference material for comparison
  • for small-scale experimentation
  • to develop new diagnostic techniques
  • to provide information for risk assessment.

The facilities are registered under the Ministry for Primary Industry (MPI) standards:

  • Transitional and Containment Facility for Invertebrates (Standard 154.02.04)
  • MPI/EPA Standard Facilities for Microorganisms and Cell Cultures2007a
The Containment Facility is operated under strict containment protocols, with only trained personnel given access. The construction and operating procedures ensure the containment of new or unwanted organisms.

The building houses environmentally controlled laboratories, workshop areas, coolstore, ambient rearing room, an incinerator, an autoclave, as well as a transitional and containment preparation room. The building has five invertebrate transitional and containment laboratories which are computer-controlled for lighting, temperature, humidity and negative pressure. The building also houses the PC2 Microorganism Containment Facility.


Pam Taylor - Quarantine Manager
Phone: 07 343 5777