The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is seeking submissions on an application to introduce and release Kordyana sp., the Brazilian yellow leaf spot fungus, to control the weed Tradescantia fluminensis.
The application is being made by the Auckland Council.
Tradescantia fluminensis, commonly known as ‘wandering Willie’, is a problem weed in conservation areas and home gardens. It forms dense mats which can smother low-growing plants, including native tree seedlings.
The EPA earlier approved the introduction of three beetles as biocontrol agents for tradescantia. In its application, Auckland Council states that the introduction of Kordyana sp. will complement the effects of these insects.
The EPA is now seeking submissions from the public on the application.
Submissions close on 25 October 2012.