It's no wonder your canine crusader rolls his eyes whenever he hears about public servants developing new ideas.
A science project looking at manuka genetics, underway for some time, now may be useful in protecting the manuka species from myrtle rust.
Despite the wet weather, kiwifruit vine killing bacteria Psa has surprisingly been less active so far this spring.
Primary Industries Minister, Nathan Guy has approved the application for NZ KiwiBerry Growers Inc (NZKBG) to join the GIA partnership.
A cold winter and wet, windy spring has seen a resurgence of Psa in kiwifruit vines in all affected areas.
Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) has received a Psa-V positive test result on Hort16A and male vines on a Whangarei kiwifruit orchard - the first confirmed case in the region.