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New Zealand targets diamondback moth biopesticides

Scientists in New Zealand are examining several strains of the fungus, Beauveria spp, as potential biopesticides for the major lepidopteran pest, diamondback moths (Plutella xylostella). Researchers at the Lincoln University-based New Zealand Bio-Protection Research Centre have sequenced four strains of the fungus and plan to compare them with strains from elsewhere in the world "to find variations that may be even better", says Centre director professor Travis Glare.

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