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Global effort needed to protect New Zealand's trees and forests

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From Forest Health News 259, August 2015.

Principal Scientist and entomologist, Ecki Brockerhoff co-authored a paper in the prestigious journal “Science” that discusses the need for a strategy to keep planted forests healthy. The most important conclusion was that biosecurity is only as strong as the weakest link. Many countries don’t have the resources to carry out biosecurity measures and responses, and that increases the risk of pest establishment and further spread. Once a pest or pathogen establishes somewhere, that region or country can then act as a bridgehead for invasions to other regions. New Zealand has some of the best biosecurity practices in the world, but single country strategies may not be sufficient as the threats to both planted and indigenous forests increase with increasing globalisation and international trade. The authors suggest that one answer is to enhance global collaboration to share local knowledge and biosecurity expertise. There is a need for more coordination and d edicated funding mechanisms to support a global strategy for dealing with invasive forest pests and pathogens.

Wingfield, M.J., Brockerhoff, E.G., Wingfield, B.D. & Slippers, B. (2015). Planted forest health: The need for a global strategy. Science, 21 August 2015, 349 6250, pp. 832-836. DOI:10.1126/science.aac6674

Lindsay Bulman

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