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Biocontrol of weeds: achievements to date and future outlook.
TLDR
The nearly 90-year history of weed biocontrol research in New Zealand is reviewed, and recent research advances are helping to select the best weed targets and control agents, and are enabling biOControl programmes to be even safer and more effective.
Supplemental host range of Araujia mosaic virus, a potential biological control agent of moth plant in New Zealand
TLDR
Because ArjMV infected the three Araujia species causing stunting, this virus would significantly reduce flowering and seed production in these species, including the monarch butterfly, which is highly valued in New Zealand.
THE BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF WEEDS BOOK
TLDR
Safety issues are foremost in the minds of biocontrol of weeds researchers, and they usually only consider specialist feeders for introduction, but these specialists have developed adaptations that allow them to only utilise that host plant, and sometimes close relatives of that plant.
Establishment of Arytainilla spartiophila Förster (Hemiptera: Psyllidae), a new biological control agent for broom, Cytisus scoparius, in New Zealand
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Results of tests conducted with the psyllid Arytainilla spartiophila before it was introduced into New Zealand for biological control of broom indicate that it is highly host specific, and unlikely to feed and develop on alternative host plants.
Why the New Zealand regulatory system for introducing new biological control agents works.
For the past 12 years, New Zealand has operated the most comprehensive and internationally admired regime for regulating the introduction of new organisms. Using this system, which is based on the
Technology transfer programs for biological control of weeds - the New Zealand experience.
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Biological control has become a major focus for managing a variety of agricultural and conservation weeds in New Zealand and a network of well-trained people now manage biological control programs for 14 weed species nationwide.
Partial sequencing of the genomic RNA of Araujia mosaic virus and comparison of the coat protein sequence with those of other potyviruses
TLDR
It is reported for the first time the 30 terminal region of the genomic RNA of ArjMV, which is being tested on a large range of plants that are of interest to New Zealand.
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