BMSB and SWD meeting for growers

Fri, May. 24, 2019 8:30am — 12:15pm | Havelock North

Plant & Food Research is hosting a meeting for Hawkes Bay apple, wine grape and summerfruit growers on two important pests, BMSB and SWD, that challenge New Zealand’s border biosecurity systems. Six speakers, who have international experience in the management of these pests, will be presenting.

It’s an important opportunity to learn more about these two important pests, how they are being managed and what is being done to minimise these biosecurity threats to New Zealand horticulture.

The venue is the Riverbend Church, 354 Te Aute Road, Havelock North.


9.00 – 9.40am Dr Claudio Ioriatti (Trento, Italy). Our keynote speaker, will present progress with the management of BMSB in fruit crops in northern Italy and the impact of SWD.

9.40 – 10.00am Dr David Bellamy (ex UDSA, now PFR Nelson) talks about the impact of SWD as a pest of grape, summerfruit and berryfruit crops in the USA.

10.00 – 10.20am Dr Lloyd Stringer (PFR Lincoln) will present on his experience in Chile with their recent incursion response to the arrival and establishment of both BMSB and SWD. 

10.20 – 10.30am Session break

10.30 – 10.50am Dr Anna Rathé (Biosecurity manager, Horticulture NZ will give an overview of GIA (BMSB Council) research to reduce the risk of BMSB establishment. 

10.50 – 11.15am Dr Catherine Duthie (MPI and Biosecurity NZ spokesperson on BMSB) will present on NZ’s measures to manage these invasive pests and on BMSB measures being developed internationally. 

11.15 – 11.40am Dr Max Suckling (Principal scientist, Biosecurity, PFR) will summarise his recent BMSB research in northern Italy and provide insights into novel control measures. 

11.45 –12.15am Panel discussion forum – Q&A.

If you have any questions about this meeting, please contact Summerfruit NZ's Biosecurity and export manager, Juan Rosales, on 04 830 0936 or email


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