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New & improved BMSB e-learning OUT NOW!

We have upgraded our popular brown marmorated stink bug e-learning course! This online learning covers: - What is a brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB)? - Why should I care? - How to identify BMSB - What to do if you suspect you’ve found a BMSB. This course is totally free...

Dutch elm disease in the Waikato

Dutch elm disease (DED) is a deadly vascular wilt disease that attacks almost all elm species where it is present (Ghelardini & Santini, 2009). Trees that become infected will gradually decline, first wilting (see below photo) and subsequently losing their leaves and becoming increasingly unable to carry out their normal...

The Story of Resilience & Hope - Philippines

The coastal road along the eastern part of Samar Island from Guiuan to Borongan passes through endless coconut plantations and picturesque coast with coral rock formations and black volcanic sand beaches. But as soon as you turn inland, the landscape completely changes within a few minutes of the drive into...

New Forest Biosecurity Newsletter

A new issue of the Forest Biosecurity Newsletter from the Forest Owners Association was released last month. 'This regular newsletter is for people working in plantation forestry, as well as others with an interest in forest biosecurity. Its aim is to keep readers up to date on biosecurity issues and help...

Forestry Biosecurity at Fieldays

This year at Fieldays was the launch of the brand new Forestry Hub. Under the theme of ‘Wood – our low-carbon future’, the Fieldays Forestry Hub gave visitors the chance to explore the many facets of the forestry and wood processing sector and how the sector has a vital role...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from SPS Biota!

We thank you for your support this year and look forward to working with you again next year. Our Auckland Office will be closed from 23rd December 2022 – 8th January 2023 and will re-open on Monday 9th January 2023. For any urgent enquiries please contact us on 0800 246 821 For...

Applied Entrepreneurial Horticulture Programme delivered to youths in Savaii for 12 Weeks

The University of the South Pacific (USP-Samoa) and the Waikato Institute of Technology NZ (WINTEC) has completed a 12-week specialized training course for young farmers on horticulture and food safety practices, and the application of these skills in setting up a farm business. According to organizers, the training is in...

TF-Operator keeping a look out for stink bugs | comparing shield bugs of NZ to BMSB

The brown marmorated stink bug season is here. Over summer it is important to keep a look out for these pests (Haylomorpha halys), which are not present in New Zealand but are a real threat to a wide variety of plants and NZ’s horticulture industries. There are, however, species of...

New eLearning course: Spongy moth awareness

If you haven’t heard, the moth formerly known as “gypsy moth” has had a name change and is now known as spongy moth. To raise awareness of this moth and the damage its caterpillars could do if they were to establish in New Zealand, SPS has created a free, short...