What’s new in Biological Control of Weeds? Issue 67
In this issue
Darwin’s Barberry Focus Shifts to Disease
Darwin’s barberry (Berberis darwinii) has the potential to become a serious woody weed like gorse (Ulex europaeus) and broom (Cytisus scoparius) in New Zealand.
Giant Buttercup in the Spotlight
Landcare Research recently joined forces with AgResearch to start looking at classical biocontrol options for giant buttercup (Ranunculus acris), a weed estimated to cost the dairy industry around $156 million annually.
Cooks Islands Project Becomes a Reality
New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has agreed to fund a 5-year project to develop weed biocontol for the Cook Islands, and the project is now underway.
There are a few things you might want to fit in before the wind-down towards winter. We would be very interested to hear about what you find.
Kauri Dieback: Kia Toitu he Kauri
As well as finding plant diseases to use as methods of mass weed destruction, our plant pathologists get called on to help out when all is not well with native plants.
Privet Project Making Progress
In Issue 61 we shared some information with you about possible options for biocontrol of privet (Ligustrum spp.), which is an invasive weed causing problems in the North Island and in the warmer parts of the South Island. We can now update you on the two insects that have been identified as potential biocontrol agents.