Stink bugs small like old socks! You read that right… old socks. And coriander. Skunks too. These are just some of the things the stink of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) has been compared to. The two main chemicals responsible for the BMSB’s stinky spray are called trans-2-octenal and trans-2-decenal. The latter is what gives…

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Have you heard of the Sydney Golden Wattle? The Sydney Golden Wattle is currently flowering and there are plenty of saplings around the region that we could be keeping an eye out for. It looks like a shrub or small tree with sharply angled, hairless or sparsely angled twigs.   Why is this a pest?Sydney Golden…

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The borders are closed but has our biosecurity risk gone away? A new booklet from KVH provides guidance about how everyone in or close to the kiwifruit community can help identify biosecurity risks and address them. The bright, colourful guide is split into four easy sections detailing how everyone can: Keep watch (what to look out for and what…

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Spotlight on Biosecurity Week November 2-6, 2020 TMBC will be holding its annual Spotlight on Biosecurity Week from Monday-Friday November 2-6 This week is all about highlighting the importance of protecting our region from unwanted pests and diseases, and showcasing the awesome biosecurity work of members. The week will include industry events, Port Bisoecurity Excellence Programme…

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Shaping a new approach to protecting our region Join us at this special Partners Forum to celebrate the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between TMBC and Biosecurity New Zealand which will see us identifying, training and providing local support and expertise to assist in readiness and response activities. This MoU will support TMBC…

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The Deputy Director of General Biosecurity New Zealand discusses opportunities for TMBC Penny Nelson, Deputy Director-General for Biosecurity New Zealand joined a call with TMBC Leadership team members this week to talk about opportunities for TMBC in the post-COVID landscape. Given Penny has been in this role since February 2020, it was a good time…

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SPS Biosecurity in fight against wasps TMBC Members SPS Biosecurity found themselves busier than ever during the lockdown, working closely with Environment Canterbury (E-Can) and the Chatham Islands District Council to successfully wipe out a population of German wasps – the first ever established on the Chathams. The Chatham Islands isolation and unique ecosystem means…

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Welcome to our newest TMBC member, OnSide We are pleased to announce our newest TMBC members OnSide, a software platform changing the way people check in and out of rural properties and orchards. Through visitor check-in data and mapping movements across properties, OnSide are supporting businesses to get the front foot on biosecurity. Over 2,300 properties in the Bay of…

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