Irish Pest Wasp for Control of Clover Root Weevil

Increasing clover root weevil populations are being seen on the Coast and AgResearch intends to block their infestation with the release of the Irish wasp, a proven biocontrol agent against the serious pest.

The biocontrol project began in 2006 when AgResearch scientists, supported by industry good bodies DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb NZ and research trust Agmardt, first released the tiny parasitic wasp from Ireland.

Within 18 months trial releases in Waikato, Hawke’s Bay and Manawatu had exceeded scientist expectations.

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The question is asked whether the Irish wasp lays two be sure, to be sure?
No. It only lays one.


Largest Stoat Trapping Network Undertaken

Project Janszoon director Devon McLean says it is an important milestone for the Project Janszoo Trust, which was launched two years ago.

The trapping effort is one of the most significant initiatives undertaken by Project Janszoon, the $25 million, 30-year private effort to combat pests and restore the park's native plants, birds and animals, and represents the largest stoat trapping network undertaken by a private trust in New Zealand.

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19th Australasian Weeds Conference Call For Papers

The Australasian Weeds Conference invite you to submit abstracts for the 19th Australasian Weeds Conference – both oral and poster presentations. This conference will encompass a broad range of topics, discussing emerging policy and developments across Australian and international landscapes. It will facilitate a platform for delegates to explore recent advances in weed science and management. The conference also offers a contextual opportunity to network with other like-minded people from the weed community. We very much hope that you accept this invitation and look forward to welcoming you to Tasmania next September.

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Fan Worm Found in Tauranga Harbour

Fanworm has been discovered in Tauranga Harbour, alarming boaties and prompting action.

See the TVNZ story.


Porn kingpin takes aim at marine pests

He's known for putting boobs and bikes on Kiwi streets, but now porn kingpin Steve Crow is on a new crusade - ridding New Zealand harbours of invasive pests.

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