This year’s B3 Conference will be held on 17-18 May and will reinforce the importance of science for an effective border biosecurity system. Find our more and register here.

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The Forest Owners Association and partners will be holding their joint annual conference this May in Rotorua, with the theme ‘Ka mua, ka muri: Looking back to move forward’. Register here!

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The time of year is approaching where there is a surplus of kiwifruit that can be used by farmers as stock feed – read about how to do so safely to prevent the spread of wild kiwifruit.

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Predator Free Bay of Plenty set up volunteers with traps to protect our native bird life from pests. If you have traps yourself, or are interested, learn how to properly dispose of dead rats and pests here.

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A new generation of bug hunters is being built through combining education outside the classroom with good old-fashioned gardening, helping reduce anxiety and promote wellbeing. 

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A brown marmorated stink bug was caught and identified in Kensington back in the summer of 2020. Read about the arrival of the BMSB in the UK and what they’re doing to stop the spread of this invasive pest.

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Residents of Otūmoetai and Mount Maunganui, please be on the lookout for the Brazilian pepper tree. It’s a toxic plant that is highly invasive and smells like turpentine when crushed – don’t touch without gloves!

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You may have seen the images of the strange-looking blue sea slugs (Glaucus atlanticus) that were found washing up along the BOP coastline last month. Find out what they’re all about here.

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As part of its strategic plan, B3 is enhancing its partnership with Māori in all activities following the recent appointment of Alby Marsh as their Māori Research Leader. Director David Teulon says Alby will be creating the Māori Strategy for B3 and is excited by the opportunity to grow participation by Māori researchers.    “B3…

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