Biological control of possums

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1082-biological-control-of-possums
Possums are one of New Zealand's biggest pests. Currently they are controlled by poisoning and ...

Amazing ryegrass

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1741-amazing-ryegrass
Ryegrass is an important food for cattle, but it is also a favourite food of competing insects ...

Biocontrol

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1743-biocontrol
Biological control or biocontrol is the use of one organism to control the numbers of another ...

Hormone-toxins to reduce possum fertility

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1085-hormone-toxins-to-reduce-possum-fertility
Scientists in New Zealand are investigating whether a roundworm parasite could be used to ...

Vaccines to reduce possum fertility

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1087-vaccines-to-reduce-possum-fertility
The advantages and disadvantages of using a vaccine to reduce possum fertility are explained ...

Irish wasp to the rescue

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1739-irish-wasp-to-the-rescue
In January 2006, a tiny wasp was released onto a Waikato farm to kill an enemy that was ...

Delivering biocontrol agents to possums

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1086-delivering-biocontrol-agents-to-possums
Here, we describe transmissible and non-transmissible methods for delivering biocontrol agents ...

Developing a biocontrol game – unit plan

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1091-developing-a-biocontrol-game-unit-plan
Students of any level develop a board game illustrating knowledge of New Zealand’s possum ...

Weevils eat pesky buddleia weeds

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1578-weevils-eat-pesky-buddleia-weeds
Introduced Chinese weevils, Cleopus japonicus, are laying waste to large patches of buddleia in ...

Making contraceptive vaccines for possums

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1088-making-contraceptive-vaccines-for-possums
Here, we explain how contraceptive vaccines for possums are made and how they work. Scientists ...

Key terms and definitions in possum biocontrol

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1090-key-terms-and-definitions-in-possum-biocontrol
A list of terms used our content on the biological control of possums. Antibodies Proteins ...

Where is the biotechnology in the possum biocontrol ...

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1083-where-is-the-biotechnology-in-the-possum-biocontrol-story
Biological control, or biocontrol, is the use of a living organism, or the product of a living ...

Fighting a little bee mite

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2453-fighting-a-little-bee-mite
A little mite, like a tiny spider the size of a pin head, has been plaguing New Zealand’s bee ...

Possum biocontrol: Regulations controlling the research

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1084-possum-biocontrol-regulations-controlling-the-research
Genetic modification of organisms is a very controversial issue in New Zealand. Regulatory ...

Making a case for possum biocontrol – unit plan

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1092-making-a-case-for-possum-biocontrol-unit-plan
Students collect information from the public about methods of controlling possum numbers and ...

Poison comes in small packages

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2353-poison-comes-in-small-packages
A team of scientists from New Zealand and Australia has discovered the way in which a bacterium ...

Irish wasp gets permit to tackle weevil

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1740-irish-wasp-gets-permit-to-tackle-weevil
A tiny Irish wasp can now be used as a biological control agent against clover root weevil ...

Using a worm to reduce possum numbers

https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/2449-using-a-worm-to-reduce-possum-numbers
A parasitic worm that naturally infects possums could be the key to controlling possum numbers ...