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Codling moth biocontrol request in NZ

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority has received an application to release the parasitoid wasp, Mastrus ridens, as a biological control agent against codling moths ( Cydia pomonella). The application was submitted on behalf of the pipfruit industry by Pipfruit New Zealand. The goal is to establish permanent populations of M ridens throughout the country to provide long-term control of codling moths in commercial orchards, home gardens and abandoned apple trees. The application is open to public comment until April 27th.

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