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New Zealand mulls biocontrol agent

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is considering an application to release honeysuckle stem borers (Oberea shirahatai) as biological control agents against the invasive weed, Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica). The application was made by the Hawkes Bay Regional Council on behalf of the National Biocontrol Collective. Japanese honeysuckle smothers low-growing vegetation and can grow over trees and prevent the establishment of plants underneath, the applicant points out. The application is open to public comment until April 16th.



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