Sirex in South Africa
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From Forest Health News No. 43, June 1995.
About mid 1994 Sirex noctilio was found for the first time in pine plantations in South Africa, however there are no details of locality, etc. as yet. The wood wasp is now present on all Southern Hemisphere continents.
(Mike Nuttall FRI)
From Forest Health News No. 45, August 1995
Sirex in South Africa Since the last item (FHNews 43, June 1995) we have learned a little more about the establishment of Sirex noctilo in South Africa. It was found there in early 1994 and appears to be widespread throughout areas with a mediterranean climate (Western Cape). This area is somewhat displaced from major forest operations and is planted in Pinus radiata . There is the possibility that the wood wasp may spread to summer rainfall areas where other pine species are planted. The South Africans recently imported the nematode Beddingia siricola, bought from the Australian CSIRO, in the hope of reducing the Sirex population.
(Mike Nuttall, FRI)
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