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New Zealand EPA mulls biocontrol agent

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority is considering an application to release the privet lace bug (Leptophya hospita) as a biological control agent for weed privet (Ligustrum spp). The application was submitted by the Waikato Regional Council on behalf of the National Biocontrol Collective. Chinese privet (L sinense) and tree privet (L lucidum), which are native to China, are invading native plant communities, replacing native shrubs and trees and stopping the regeneration of native seedlings, the applicant points out. The application is open to public comment until March 4th.



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