Biocontrol agent assessment in New Zealand
An application to release a biological control agent in New Zealand will be subject to a public hearing next month. The Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) has scheduled a hearing on August 7th to consider an application to import and release lace bugs ( Gargaphia decoris) for the control of the invasive weed, woolly nightshade ( Solanum mauritianum). The weed is considered to be too widespread for control with herbicides to be feasible. G decoris originates in Brazil and has been introduced to South Africa for woolly nightshade control, the ERMA notes.