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The science of a predator-free NZ – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 27th, 2016.

The Government’s announcement to aim for a ‘predator-free New Zealand’ by 2050 has been widely covered by media – both here at home and internationally – this week. While the initial announcement made a splash in both local and international media, now the question is: how might such an ambitious plan be pulled off? Self-resetting traps, genetic […]

Bee disease and novel virus in invading ants – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on September 9th, 2015.

Invasive Argentine ants carry a virus linked to colony collapse in bees as well another insect virus new to science, according to a first-of-its-kind New Zealand study. The new research, published today in Biology Letters, hunted for evidence of insect viruses in Argentine ant populations from New Zealand, Australia and Argentina. One of the key […]

Wasp-attacking mite to be studied

John Kerr posted in on April 22nd, 2014.

The media is abuzz over a new wasp biocontrol research project. Landcare research has received research funding to investigate a wasp-attacking mite which could be used to control invasive species. Two species of European wasps, Vespula germanica and Vespula vugaris, are significant environmental and economic pests in New Zealand, attacking honeybee populations, damaging vineyard crops […]

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Alternatives to 1080 pest control – what and when?

Dacia Herbulock posted in on July 20th, 2010.

ONLINE MEDIA BRIEFING: Tues 20 July, 10 am (NZT) — Conservation efforts in New Zealand currently depend heavily on a single pesticide — sodium monofluoroacetate, or 1080. In its 2007 review of 1080 — widely-used in New Zealand to control pest animals in native ecosystems and agricultural land — ERMA (the Environmental Risk Management Authority) […]

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