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Eggs of the Bronze Bug needed to rear biocontrol agent
27 August, 2013
Please let me know if you are aware of any sites that currently have a very high population of the bronze bug, Thaumastocoris peregrinus. We need to obtain large numbers of this insect (adults) for the rearing of the biological control agent, Cleruchoides noackae, in preparation of its release. read more
Biological control agent for Thaumastocoris peregrinus to be released in South Africa
26 August, 2013
Great news! We have recently received approval to release Cleruchoides noackae, biological control agent for Thaumastocoris peregrinus, in South Africa. Please see attached document for more information. read more
Update on Glycaspis brimblecombei (red gum lerp psyllid)
15 August, 2013
The red gum lerp pysllid, Glycaspis brimblecombei, is a pest of Eucalyptus species that has spread from Australia into many Eucalyptus growing countries, where it can cause substantial losses. This insect was first detected in South Africa in 2010 on street trees, but has only recently (earlier in 2013) been detected in Eucalyptus plantations. Currently, G. brimblecombei has been detected in plantations in the Mpumulanga, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, although its exact distribution within these regions is not known. read more
Fieldtrip Tzaneen, Sabie and Barberton
6 August, 2013
There will be a TPCP fieldtrip to Tzaneen, Sabie and Barberton from 12 to 16 August 2013.  If you have any pest or disease problems you need us to look at or need samples brought back to the Diagnostic Clinic, please contact Izette Greyling. read more
One year of releasing Selitrichodes neseri: biocontrol agent for Leptocybe invasa
6 August, 2013
It has been about one year since the first releases of Selitrichodes neseri, biological control agent for Leptocybe invasa. This minute parasitic wasp was first released in the Zululand region in July 2012 after about two years of intensive research at the quarantine facilities of the FABI Biocontrol Centre, University of Pretoria, which led to approval from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) for its release. read more