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Cattle disease found in NZ – Expert Q&A

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 27th, 2017.

MPI is responding to the discovery of a cattle disease on a South Canterbury farm. Mycoplasma bovis is common internationally but this is the first time it has been found in New Zealand. The SMC prepared a Q&A with an expert who has studied the disease overseas. Feel free to use these comments in your reporting. Dr Fernanda Castillo […]

WHO warns of Zika spreading to Europe – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 19th, 2016.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that there is a “low to moderate” risk of of a Zika virus disease outbreak occurring during late spring and summer in the European Region. The WHO’s new risk assessment report released today, notes that countries where Aedes mosquitoes are present are more likely to experience a Zika […]

Kiwi industry threatened by vine disease

Peter Griffin posted in on November 22nd, 2010.

Both local and national eyes are closely trained on kiwifruit orchards in New Zealand, with the news that some have been infected by Pseudomonas syringae pv actinidiae (PSA), a vine-killing disease. The disease is caused by a bacterium (PSA) which can be spread through the air and on equipment.  Fears have arisen that the infection […]

Newsletter Digest: Psa, awards, and vitamin D

Peter Griffin posted in on November 12th, 2010.

Scientists battle bacterial disease A week on from the discovery of the PSA bacterial disease in an orchard in the Bay of Plenty, scientists are completing tests that will determine what strain of the disease is present. The results will yield important information that will help determine the best way to limit and eradicate the […]

Dom Post: Kakapo may have his wings clipped

Peter Griffin posted in on April 16th, 2010.

Kiran Chug writes in the Dominion Post about concerns over whether Sirocco the kakapo should be allowed to continue his visits back to a kakapo sanctuary island. A new untreatable strain of a beak and feather virus has been  found in native parrots, and scientists are worried that the disease might spread to Sirocco and, […]

PODCAST: Prof John Hamilton on inflammatory/auto-immune disease

Peter Griffin posted in on November 30th, 2009.

Last Friday, Professor John Hamilton, from the University of Melbourne, gave a great talk entitled “Colony stimulating factors, macrophages and inflammatory/auto-immune disease” at the Malaghan Institue in Wellington. Professor Hamilton is Director of the Arthritis & Inflammation Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria, Melbourne (Australia). Recent research has suggested that […]

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