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UC Biosecurity Innovations Director Assoc. Prof. Steve Pawson, and his PhD student Paul Benden outline leading edge tools for border surveillance. Funded by the BioHeritage New Zealand Science Challenge, this project is in partnership with Landcare Research, Plant and Food Research, Scion Research, Wilderlab and Waikato University. 

Steve will outline how we can detect insects new to Aotearoa NZ using light traps and eDNa. 

Paul will detail his research plans for semi-automated surveillance using image segmentation of street-level urban trees. He intends to build digital twin models of individual trees for long term anomaly and disease detection. The image shows how a vehicle mounted camera records a cabbage tree in blue. 

After you register, you will be emailed details on how to attend in person, online or how to watch the talks later. 

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