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Government plan for a predator-free New Zealand – Expert Reaction

Peter Griffin posted in on July 25th, 2016.

The Government plans to form a joint-venture company it will use to spearhead pest eradication efforts it hopes will exterminate all rats, stoats and possums in New Zealand by 2050. As part of the predator-free plan, four goals have been set for 2025: An additional 1 million hectares of land where pests have been suppressed […]

Unstable countries a biosecurity threat – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 15th, 2016.

New Zealand could dramatically reduce outbreaks of invasive species if it selectively chose its international trade partners, suggests new research. Reviewing almost 50,000 exotic species border interceptions from the last 10 years, Victoria University researchers have identified the types of countries most likely to be a source of imported exotic invaders. Read more about the […]

Biggest ever 1080 drop to counter pest plague – In the News

John Kerr posted in on May 10th, 2016.

More than 800,000 hectares of land across the country will be the target of the largest ever pest control operation in New Zealand’s history. The Battle for our Birds 2016 programme will kick off this winter, aiming to knock back a burgeoning pest population boosted by heavy forest seeding, or mast. Rat and stoat numbers […]

BRIEFING: 1080 & predator control – where to from here?

John Kerr posted in on November 16th, 2015.

The predator control poison 1080 is not without controversy — but it’s the best thing we’ve got, say scientists meeting at a national conference this week. Ecologists and researchers from across the country are meeting this week to share their latest findings at the New Zealand Ecological Society 2015 Conference, which includes a symposium dedicated […]

Fruit fly find prompts Auckland lockdown

John Kerr posted in on February 19th, 2015.

The discovery of solitary male Queensland fruit fly in the Grey Lynn area of Auckland has biosecurity authorities on high alert and prompted a lockdown on the movement of fruit and vegetables in the area. The fly was found in a Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) surveillance trap on Monday night and 1.5 kilometer control […]

Kiwis help tackle Aussie pests

Laura Goodall posted in on August 20th, 2014.

New Zealand-designed software created to predict and tackle mouse outbreaks is being trialled in Australia. MouseAlert.org.au is a new, interactive website based on Google-type mapping technology that lets crop farmers record and view mouse activity in their area in real time. It helps inform the community about changes in mouse numbers or damage to crops and when to implement control […]

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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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Pests costing economy and environment – RSNZ paper

John Kerr posted in on March 28th, 2014.

Weeds, wasps, rats and sea squirts are among a swarm of pests and diseases that represent a growing threat to New Zealand’s economy and environment, according to a new report released this week by the Royal Society of New Zealand. Challenges for pest management in New Zealand is authored by a panel led by Royal […]

RadioLive: Janine Duckworth on the ‘pill’ for possums

John Kerr posted in on March 28th, 2011.

RadioLive EnviroNews: Graeme Hill interviews Janine Duckworth, Landcare Research’s pest control specialist, on a new vaccine that might control the possum population in New Zealand. The vaccine, rather than killing possums, aims to cause infertility – leading to an eventual decline in numbers. You can listen to the full interview here

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