Release Of New Population Of Biocontrol Agents To Control Gonipterus

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A tiny egg parasitoid, Anaphes nitens, was released in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands for the control of the eucalypt snout beetle, Gonipterus sp. 2, one of the most serious pests of eucalypts in the country. This is not the first release of this parasitoid in South Africa, which was in fact first released in 1926! However, it does mark the first release since those original releases, and importantly the first release of the wasp collected from a region in Australia that is climatically similar to previous outbreak areas of Gonipterus in South Africa.

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