A new four-year Biological Control of Eucalypt Pests Alliance agreement was signed off by our partners and executed by the University of the Sunshine Coast on the 26th June 2018. BiCEP partners in the new agreement are founding members the Forest Science and Research Institute of Brazil (IPEF –Instituto de Pesquisas e Estudos Florestais) and Forestry South Africa through the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) of the University of Pretoria, with new member CELPA, Associação da Indústria Papeleira of Portugal. The first management committee meeting is expected to take place via teleconference in early September 2018, in which BiCEP priorities for research activities for the coming 12 months will be set. A current major research prioriy is on improving biological control of Gonipterus species complex weevils in Brazil, South Africa, Portugal and Australia.
BiCEP is seeking additional partners to join the project. Contact BiCEP Director Dr Simon Lawson at email@example.com for more information.
Growing the SE Asia Timber Industry in the face of Pests and Diseases
- Reducing the risk through good management practice
- Addressing the risk through science
- The importance of the SE Asian Timber industry
To provide a forum for managers and researchers to share their experience and efforts to control pests and diseases in South East Asia’s timber industry
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Australian journalist John Upton has written a nice little piece on the Thaumastocoris peregrinus biocontrol efforts for the wider audience on his interesting blog “Wonk on the Wildlife”. You can view the blog post here: http://wonkonthewildlife.com/fairy-wasps-unleashed-to-protect-eucalypts/
After almost two years since the first release of C. noackae in Brazil, the results of the first field evaluations have been very positive. At the end of 2013 many field evaluations were conducted in Minas Gerais State in plantations of Vallourec. Mean parasitoid emergence rate from host eggs at these sites 51%. The natural enemy was also found in another 10 areas that had not previously received a parasitoid release. The greatest distance between release and discovery points was 12 km. Laboratory studies conducted by EMBRAPA Forestry and FCA/UNESP have also found egg parasitism rates near 49%. New releases and field evaluations are scheduled for 2014 in other areas of Brazil.
[Courtesy Dr Leonardo Rodrigues Barbosa, EMBRAPA Florestas, Brazil]
This just-published paper provides more information on the occurrence and distribution of Thaumastocoris peregrinus in Portugal. On this occasion it also appears to have arrived together with a predator apparently picked up in South America!
Garcia A, Figueiredo E, Valente C, Monserrat VJ, Branco M (2013) First record of Thaumastocoris peregrinus in Portugal and of the neotropical predator Hemerobius bolivari in Europe. Bulletin of Insectology. 66(2):251-256