Brand new pest database features 24,000+ biosecurity threats to NZ

Brand new pest database features 24,000+ biosecurity threats to NZ

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A brand new online tool has been released, named the Official New Zealand Pest Register (ONZPR) which aims to help protect New Zealand from more than 24,000 biosecurity threats.

The register features pest lists and diseases that are not particularly wanted in New Zealand.

MPI Director of Animal and Plant Health Peter Thomson says the country is in a position of being free from many of the most ‘significant' plant pests that could have an impact on how New Zealanders live and thrive, including primary sector exports.

“Having accurate, up-to-date and accessible information on pest status is critical to rapidly identify and managing pests on imported and exported products. It also identifies pests present in New Zealand that are of concern to our trading partners. Our export trade could be severely disrupted if these pests are not managed on our exports before they leave our shores,” Mr Thomson says.

The new pest register works to combine all of MPI's online lists and can register into just one list. It creates a new way of gaining resources for the user by overseas importers, exporters, councils, educational firms and researchers.

“It has been a huge undertaking, given that information on pests was previously listed on multiple databases that were not readily accessible, were not able to share data and were difficult to keep up to date,” Mr Thomson says.

You can access the register by clicking going to the Biosecurity New Zealand website.

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