NZ researchers awarded for work on kiwifruit PSA crisis

Rural Exchange 18/02/2018

A 100-strong team of researchers from Plant and Food Research won the 2017 Prime Minister & Science Prize, awarded this week, for using science to solve the kiwifruit PSA crisis.

Chief operating officer Dr Bruce Campbell has been the leader of this research for seven years and says it’s great to get the recognition for their contribution to eradicating PSA.

The kiwifruit vine bacteria was first discovered in New Zealand in 2010, and cost the industry almost $900 million dollars.

Dr Campbell says the first challenge was merely figuring out how PSA affected New Zealand crops, which was the reason such a large team worked on the project.

The award itself comes with a substantial amount of funding as well.

Dr Campbell says that will be invested in building an international network to help speed up the development of knowledge and technology in this area.

Listen to the full interview with Dr Bruce Campbell above.

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