D. Tanner, B. Parkes, S. Kay, B. O'Neil
The arrival of Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa) in New Zealand (NZ) in October 2010 has changed the face of the kiwifruit industry forever. Good progress has been made towards minimising the impacts on the NZ kiwifruit industry in a relatively short time. The R&D programme has focused on understanding the bacterium, the management of vines and the risk factors such as budwood or pollen movement, and how to manage these risks. However, the fight is not over and there is still more to be done. As such, we have reviewed and refreshed the focus of the NZ Psa R&D programme going forward, recognising that the road towards overcoming the impact of Psa on the kiwifruit industry will be a long one and requires coordinated research and innovation to remove the financial and environmental burdens inherent within current control measures for Psa. To ensure that these innovations are delivered in the shortest possible time, the Psa research will need a clear and robust research strategy.
Our aim was to create a clear, strategic framework that would provide direction for future research and aid the communication and transfer of knowledge between growers and researchers alike. The two-way transfer of knowledge is a key facet of coordination to reduce the time required to overcome the impact of Psa. The research activities span ‘Horizons’; the short term (2011-2014), medium term (2014-2018), and long term (2018-2026).
This paper will present the themes of activity by horizon for the NZ Psa R&D strategy and propose that, with possible addition from global colleagues, it becomes the global strategy for Psa R&D and be used by all to gain alignment and prevent duplication wherever possible.
Tanner, D., Parkes, B., Kay, S. and O'Neil, B. (2015). THE NEW ZEALAND PSA RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME STRATEGY - DOES THIS ALIGN GLOBALLY?. Acta Hortic. 1095, 153-160
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1095.19
Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa), research strategy, international collaboration

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