Dutch elm disease has a very limited distribution in New Zealand. Since the late 1980s a successful programme has kept the disease in check. SPS Biosecurity staff have been involved from the start and currently work with Auckland Council managing the surveillance and eradication of the disease.
The programme includes field surveys of over 6,000 individual trees and sampling when the disease is suspected. In addition, SPS Biosecurity is helping to fund an extensive array of insect traps aimed at detecting Scolytid beetle that might be carrying the Dutch elm disease.
Key clients and partners are Auckland City Council and Scion.