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From Forest Health News 111, September 2001.

Following the discovery of the Australian gum leaf skeletoniser (Uraba lugens) in Auckland in early August (FHNews 110: 1), the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has contracted HortResearch (Max Suckling) to carry out work on identifying the insect's sex pheromone. Uraba was previously known only at Mt Maunganui where it was first found in 1997. Forest Research will supply viable eggs to enable HortResearch to start its own quarantine breeding population. This will provide the adults needed for the pheromone research work. If all goes well, the eggs will be obtained by mating adults that develop from larvae that were sent from Auckland to Forest Research for diagnosis. These larvae are being reared and bred on eucalypt foliage under strict quarantine. The object of the project is the production of a synthetic pheromone for monitoring the Uraba populations, and hopefully for confirming a successful eradication in the future.

John Bain, Forest Research

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