Submissions are sought on an application to import and release two weevils, Berberidicola exaratus and Anthonomus kuscheli, as biological control agents for Darwin's barberry (Berberis darwinii).
Darwin’s barberry (Berberis darwinii) is a threat throughout New Zealand and features in the Regional Pest Management Strategy (RPMS) of 10 regions. It invades pasture, disturbed forest, shrub-land, tussock-land, along roadsides and other scarcely vegetated sites.
This application proposes the introduction of two weevils; Anthonomus kuscheli which destroys flower buds, reducing flowering and fruiting, and Berberidicola exaratus which feeds on seeds within the remaining fruits.
The documents for this application, and a submission form, can be downloaded from the links on the top right.
Submissions close on 3 August 2012.