“(T)he use of living organisms to suppress the population density or impact of a specific pest organism, making it less abundant or less damaging than it would otherwise be.”
Eilenberg, J., Hajek, A. and Lomer, C. (2001). ‘Suggestions for unifying the terminology in biological control.’ In: BioControl 46.
Above: A male broom leaf beetle enjoying freedom and a bite to eat at the new release site north of Otautau (female beetles are green and a little larger)
Recently a community group was formed to promote the use of biocontrol agents in Te Anau. To find out more or join the Te Anau Biocontrol Group contact: Jesse Bythell - firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about biocontrol in Southland contact Keith Crothers (Senior Pest Plant Officer) at Environement Southland - email@example.com (03) 211 5115
To learn more about the science behind biocontrol go to the Landcare Research page: http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/research/research_details.asp?Research_Content_ID=94