Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search


Harnessing science to support Mycoplasma bovis eradication

Harnessing science to support the Mycoplasma bovis eradication

This week in Wellington, the Mycoplasma bovis Strategic Science Advisory Group (SSAG) brought together around 75 key people for a workshop to develop the science plan that will prioritise Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) eradication research and help inform science funding decisions.

The attendees included local and international experts from science, veterinary, and educational organisations, industry, and government agencies.

M. bovis eradication has many complexities. We are therefore drawing on a range of disciplines, social, biophysical and technological, to ensure we have the right priorities for the science plan,” said Dr John Roche, Chair of the SSAG.

By drawing on the collective knowledge and expertise of the workshop participants, the SSAG will develop a robust science plan that will make a significant contribution to phased eradication.

“We have a real opportunity to eradicate the disease from our shores. All our testing so far shows we are making real progress, and this remains an achievable goal. Stepping up the science in an integrated and aligned way to get rid of the disease is critical.”

During the two day workshop the group focussed on understanding entry pathways; diagnostics; epidemiology; understanding the pathogen; direct impact of the disease; biological control and management; human behaviour; data; effective communication; and economic and social impact of the disease.

The science plan will be published and made available to the public later this year.

For more information on the SSAG please see the MPI website


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Budget Policy Statement: 'Wellbeing Of NZers At The Heart Of Budget Priorities'

“We want a wellbeing focus to drive the decisions we make about Government policies and Budget initiatives. This means looking beyond traditional measures - such as GDP - to a wider set of indicators of success,” Grant Robertson said. More>>


Short Of 2017 Record: Insurers Pay $226m Over Extreme Weather

Insurers have spent more than $226 million this year helping customers recover from extreme weather, according to data from the Insurance Council of NZ (ICNZ). More>>

Environment Commissioner: Transparent Overseer Needed To Regulate Water Quality

Overseer was originally developed as a farm management tool to calculate nutrient loss but is increasingly being used by councils in regulation... “Confidence in Overseer can only be improved by opening up its workings to greater scrutiny.” More>>


Deal Now Reached: Air NZ Workers Vote To Strike

Last week union members voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in response to the company’s low offer and requests for cuts to sick leave and overtime. More>>