Biocontrol of pinhole borer

Reay, Stephen; Brownbridge, Michael
February 2008
New Zealand Tree Grower;Feb2008, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p31
The article discusses ways of controlling the pinhole borer in New Zealand's indigenous forests. It explains that there are three species of pinhole borers including Platypus apicalis, P.gracilis and Treptoplatypus caviceps. These species attack southern beech but are also known to attack native and exotic trees. It reports that biocontrol with fungi has been successfully tested against other pests and has appealing characteristics for use against pinhole borers. The article presents research which shows that the B. bassania can infect pinhole borer in the field and is the most common fungal pathogen within these species.


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