A Second Queensland Fruit Fly Found in Whangarei

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is investigating a new find of a single male Queensland fruit fly in a surveillance trap in Whangarei.

The fly was collected from an MPI routine surveillance trap on Tuesday and formally identified late yesterday.

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The Bio-Protection Research Centre Funding Loss

A top Lincoln-based research group says that missing out on $20 million in government funding will put New Zealand's agriculture, horticulture and forestry at risk from biosecurity threats.

The Bio-Protection Research Centre will no longer be funded as a centre of research excellence (CoRE) from the end of 2015, after missing out on the six-yearly funding by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). The commission manages the Government's approximately $3 billion annual funding for tertiary education.

The decision was perplexing and disappointing, centre director Travis Glare said.

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Queensland Fruit Fly Found in Whangarei

A single male Queensland fruit fly has been found in a trap in Whangarei.

The fly, which poses a potential threat to New Zealand's horticultural industry, was collected from a surveillance trap on Tuesday and the Ministry for Primary Industries is investigating the find.

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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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