Great news for tortoise beetle biocontrol - Sustainable Farming Fund application successful!
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From Forest Health News 258, July 2015.
In the February issue we introduced readers to Eadya paropsidis, the exciting Tasmanian parasitoid that attacks larvae of the tortoise beetle, Paropsis charybdis. The NZ Farm Forestry Association have recently been successful in obtaining a three year SFF funding contract to supplement investment by Southwood Export, Carter Holt Harvey, and Scion core funding. The team is also supported by the Specialty Wood Products Partnership, Timberlands and Ernslaw One. The work now begins in earnest to assess the host specificity of the parasitoid and ensure it is safe to use in New Zealand.
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