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Submissions on fungus to control Tradescantia fluminensis

Call for submissions on fungus to control Tradescantia fluminensis

12 September 2012

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.

EPA Applications and Assessment General Manager Sarah Gardner says submissions are a vital part of the application process.

“All submissions will be considered by the EPA’s appointed decision-making committee, and public hearings may be held before a decision is made,” Ms Gardner said.

For more information about the application, go to the EPA’s website at www.epa.govt.nz/consultations/Pages/default.aspx

The EPA is responsible for regulating hazardous substances and new organisms under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act. Specialist Decision-Making Committees are appointed by the EPA to manage decisions under HSNO.

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