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Biological control agents

Biological control is the use of natural enemies (called biological control agents) to reduce populations of pests such as insects and weeds. The biological control agents that we have approved are outlined below. Insect and fungal biological control agents have been approved for release in New Zealand.

Biological control agents approved for use in New Zealand
(listed alphabetically by target pest)

Last updated: August 2013


What information do I need if I want to make an application?

The following publications (produced under the Better Border Biosecurity (B3) science programme) have extensive information about biological control agents, the research process and the type of information you will need to provide if you are making an application: