Project Approach

Methyl bromide is a widely known and accepted phytosanitary treatment. The lack of globally acceptable and cost-effective alternative phytosanitary treatments for wood products has considerable economic implications for New Zealand. This research will provide the detailed biological knowledge of wood pests necessary to underpin an ecology-based phytosanitary risk management system that may provide opportunities to reduced reliance on mandatory end point treatments, such as fumigation.

The research will encompass three key areas that collectively have the potential to provide year-round alternative phytosanitary treatments to replace  methyl bromide: integrated phytosanitary pest management; non-fumigation quarantine treatments; and alternative  fumigants.