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The influence of flower morphology and nectar quality on the longevity of a parasitoid biological control agent
Conservation biological control aims to enhance the efficacy of arthropod biological control agents, such as parasitoids, partly by providing them with access to floral nectar. However, theExpand
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Impacts of exotic invertebrates on New Zealand's indigenous species and ecosystems
Biological invasions have significantly affected New Zealand's native species and ecosystems. Most prominent are the effects of exotic mammals and plants, whereas few invertebrate invasions are knownExpand
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Laboratory Nontarget Host Range of the Introduced Parasitoids Microctonus aethiopoides and M. hyperodae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) Compared with Field Parasitism in New Zealand
Laboratory host specificity of 2 biological control agents, already introduced in New Zealand, was compared with actual field parasitism. The parasitoids were Microctonus aethiopoides Loan andExpand
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The invasive Australian redback spider, Latrodectus hasseltii Thorell 1870 (Araneae: Theridiidae): current and potential distributions, and likely impacts
Populations of the Australian redback spider, Latrodectus hasseltii Thorell 1870, were first recorded in New Zealand in the early 1980s and in Osaka, Japan in 1995. Reliable records suggest thatExpand
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Host specificity testing and suitability of the parasitoidMicroctonus hyperodae (Hym.: Braconidae, Euphorinae) as a biological control agent ofListronotus bonariensis (Col.: Curculionidae) in New
AbstractThe behaviour of the parasitoidMicroctonus hyperodae Loan was studied under quarantine conditions to determine its likely host range in New Zealand. The species was imported from SouthExpand
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Improving border biosecurity: potential economic benefits to New Zealand
The number of alien species becoming established in New Zealand is steadily increasing. Assuming no improvements to New Zealand s border biosecurity systems, it is conservatively estimated thatExpand
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The potential global distribution of the brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys, a critical threat to plant biosecurity
The brown marmorated stinkbug, Halyomorpha halys is a highly polyphagous invasive insect, which has more than 300 reported hosts, including important horticultural crops. It has spread to everyExpand
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Transportation of nonindigenous species via soil on international aircraft passengers’ footwear
The potential for transported soil to harbour and spread nonindigenous species (NIS) is widely recognised and many National Plant Protection Organisations (NPPOs) restrict or prohibit its movement.Expand
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Quantifying the economic cost of invertebrate pests to New Zealand’s pastoral industry
ABSTRACT The invertebrate pests most commonly affecting New Zealand’s pastoral-based production in ‘average’ years cause losses of between $1.7B and $2.3B p.a. of which up to $0.9B occur on sheep andExpand
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East meets west: adaptive evolution of an insect introduced for biological control.
1. A possible explanation for low success rates when introducing natural enemies to new regions for biological control of insect pests is that they fail to adapt to their new conditions. Therefore itExpand
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