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New Zealand mulls biocontrol agent

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is considering an application to release the Brazilian yellow leaf spot fungus ( Kordyana spp) as a biological control agent against the invasive weed, tradescantia ( Tradescantia fluminensis). The application was made by Auckland Council on behalf of the National Biocontrol Collective. The EPA has previously approved the release of three beetles as biocontrol agents for tradescantia and the release of the fungus is intended to complement the effects of those insects. The EPA is seeking submissions on the application until October 25th.

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