Research on invasive pests and diseases in New Zealand and the law


  • D.A.J. Teulon
  • K.S.H. Boyd Wilson
  • A. Holton
  • G.S. Ridley



Two New Zealand statutes have important implications for research with organisms not previously found in New Zealand and either incidentally or illegally introduced The Biosecurity Act 1993 and the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 define the legal framework and allowable activities for unwanted and new organisms respectively Aspects of these Acts that are relevant to research activities possible with plant pest and disease organisms after their discovery in particular those organisms requiring rapid development of management strategies and tools are summarised The need for accurate detailed and accessible lists of unwanted and new organisms and the need for the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to respond rapidly when the status of these organisms needs to be changed is highlighted Consideration should be given to making the legislation concerning new organisms more applicable to incidentally or illegally introduced organisms




How to Cite

Teulon, D., Wilson, K.B., Holton, A. and Ridley, G. 2012. Research on invasive pests and diseases in New Zealand and the law. New Zealand Plant Protection. 65, (Jan. 2012), 281–288. DOI:




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