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Success and safety in the biological control of environmental weeds in New Zealand
Biological control, using specialist insect herbivores and plant pathogens, can be a self-sustaining, cost-effective and low-risk tool for the management of environmental weeds. Agents have been… Expand
The biological control program against gorse in New Zealand.
Gorse (Ulex europaeus L.: Fabaceae) has been a serious weed in New Zealand for over 100 yr, and continues to invade pastoral land, forest plantations, and vulnerable natural habitats. It has… Expand
Seasonal and geographic variation in the predation of gorse seed, Ulex europaeus L., by the seed weevil Apion ulicis Forst
AbstractGorse seed weevil, Apion ulicis Forst., was released into New Zealand in 1931 to help control gorse, Ulex europaeus L. This study examines the effect of the weevil in reducing annual seed… Expand
Plant traits predict the success of weed biocontrol
Summary Biological control (biocontrol) can provide permanent cost-effective control of plant pests, but has variable success. The ability to predict the success of weed biocontrol should… Expand
Factors affecting the cost of weed biocontrol programs in New Zealand
Abstract Many national schemes for setting priorities for invasive weed management have emphasized the current or future impacts of the weed more than the cost or feasibility of control, perhaps… Expand
Survival of Ulex europaeus seeds in the soil at three sites in New Zealand
Abstract Seed banks are a major factor in the persistence of perennial, woody, leguminous weed species. The longevity of seeds of Ulex europaeus, (gorse) in the soil at three sites was determined,… Expand
Why did specificity testing fail to predict the field host-range of the gorse pod moth in New Zealand?
Abstract Contrary to predictions based on host-range testing, the gorse pod moth (GPM) infests pods of several exotic Genisteae and Loteae species, as well as the target weed gorse Ulex europaeus,… Expand
Increased Mortality in Diabetic Foot Ulcer Patients: The Significance of Ulcer Type
Diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) patients have a greater than twofold increase in mortality compared with nonulcerated diabetic patients. We investigated (a) cause of death in DFU patients, (b) age at… Expand
Post-release investigations into the fi eld host range of the gorse pod moth Cydia succedana Denis & Schiffermüller (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) in New Zealand
The gorse pod moth Cydia succedana was released in New Zealand as a biological control agent against gorse Ulex europaeus L. in 1992 and is now widely established. Post-release evaluations of the… Expand
Elimination of nasal carriage of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus with mupirocin during a hospital outbreak.
During a hospital outbreak of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), involving more than 200 patients, 40 patients and 32 hospital staff who were stable nasal carriers of MRSA received… Expand