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  • Students carry out a practical investigation to help AgResearch scientists monitor the spread of Microctonus aethiopoides (a tiny wasp) and its success as a biocontrol agent for clover root weevil.


    To investigate the efficacy of a real biocontrol agent in New Zealand and to understand the significance of biocontrol in the wider context of dairy farming


    Biocontrol, clover root weevil, wasp, dairy farming.

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    The Biological control agents section on the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) website explains what biological control agents are, how they work, and the EPA's role in ensuring they are safe for Aotearoa New Zealand.

      Published 26 November 2007 Referencing Hub articles
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