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New Zealand mulls biocontrol submission

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority is considering an application to release the Honshu white admiral butterfly ( Limenitis glorifica) as a biological control agent for the invasive weed, Japanese honeysuckle ( Lonicera japonica). The application was made by the Greater Wellington Regional Council on behalf of the National Biocontrol Collective. It is no longer possible to manage Japanese honeysuckle using conventional means because the number of infested sites is growing and many are too remote to be accessible, the application states. It is open to public comment until June 18th.

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