Scientific Summary No. 55, 2009
The IUFRO International Forest Biosecurity Conference from 16-20 March 2009 in Rotorua, New Zealand, addressed biosecurity threats resulting from growth in international trade and tourism and also from changing climates. The term "biosecurity" refers to the exclusion, eradication, or effective management of pests (weeds, insects, diseases). The economic and global relevance of biosecurity was well highlighted and it was shown how the risks associated with invasive organisms are growing worldwide. The need for policy makers to recognize and address these risks is more critical than ever, particularly in terms of shutting down major pathways that enable the movement of pests.
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By Brian Richardson, GM Forestry Science, Scion, Conference Chair
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