Forest Owners Hail ‘Biosecurity Hero’

By New Zealand Forest Owners’ Association
Scoop Independent News
May 23, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The Forest Owners Association and Scion want more people to report suspicious imported wood products which might be infested with introduced wood and forest pests. FOA Biosecurity Manager, Brendan Gould, says Northlander Michelle Reichardt is a biosecurity hero for alerting Biosecurity New Zealand to some holes and sawdust in an imported wooden serving tray she had just bought from Kmart. MPI identified the insect responsible as the African powder post beetle, which it says is a foreign import. Kmart has withdrawn the remaining trays from its shelves, and they will be inspected for borer activity. …Stephanie Sopow, an entomologist with the Crown Research Institute Scion, says powder post beetles damage the sapwood of seasoned wood and wood products, almost always hardwood, including oak, eucalyptus, and bamboo.

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