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A parasitic worm that naturally infects possums could be the key to controlling possum numbers in New Zealand.

Join Supervader and participants from Wellington’s 2006 Kids’ Conference as they learn how possum numbers are controlled in New Zealand. One way of controlling possums uses a parasitic worm to deliver a toxin to possums, which will stop the possums having young.

Find out more about the Biological control of possums.

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Read the full report on challenges for pest management in New Zealand on the Royal Society New Zealand website.

Read about the findings from a study that collated the results of a number of individual studies relating to possum control and the links to biodiversity outcomes.

 

    Published 18 September 2017 Referencing Hub articles