13 June, 2012
GOOD NEWS ABOUT LEPTOCYBE BIOLOGICAL CONTROL
NOTE FROM: Michael Peter of Forestry South Africa
The DG of DAFF has followed through on his undertaking to us in our last
meeting with him in CT and has signed the release of the Leptocybe nematode.
This is apparently unprecedented as Prof Wingfield advised that it has
previously taken years for such releases, so it is good news indeed and will
hopefully start in due course to stem the impact of this pest.
In addition to our own FSA representations, several of our
member companies either wrote to DAFF or met with them and this helped
immensely to highlight the urgency of the application by FABI and all of those
members are thanked for this.
Chris Chapman from SA FORESTRY magazine must also be thanked for
covering the story which would have also helped greatly in this cause.
NOTE FROM: Bernard Slippers from TPCP
is wonderful news, namely that our application to release Selitrichodes neseri, a
parasitic wasp of Leptocybe
invasa, has been approved. This has been made possible because of
focused capacity building and dedicated work of a large team of people at FABI,
strong support from industry (especially via FSA) and assistance from many
within the Department of Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries.
Ahead of us now lies a period of intense and careful work to bulk up
populations such that we can effectively release the parasitic
wasp in South Africa. We are hoping to be able to bulk up insects to make
a first release very soon. Clearly the first releases will
have to be done with care, and will be limited, so as not to damage our base
populations from which further bulking must be done for a broader release
Thank you to all that
have helped us to reach this great milestone. NOW we can also hope that the
parasitoid, that has been very effective in quarantine, live up to our
expectations in the field.
More details and news
will follow soon.
Regards and thank you again.
Bernard Slippers (on
behalf of the TPCP team at FABI)
PS: NOTE from
Rorisang at DAFF follows:
NOTE FROM: Rorisang Mahlakoana from DAFF
The Director General of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
granted approval for the Directorate Plant Health (DPH) to make use of the
recommendation reports provided by the Forestry industry.
The reports from the
independent external reviewers have been evaluated by the PRA experts and the
final recommendation is that Selitrichodes neseri prov. nom. be
released into the environment as a biological control agent against eucalyptus
gall wasp, Leptocybe invasa.
PRA would like to advise you to apply for an import permit if you wish to
import mass consignments and for release in the environment, permission from
the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) should be requested. The contact
person at DEA is Mr. Reggie Nkosi, email Rnkosi@environment.gov.za;
Telephone number; 012 310 3036.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you need clarity/additional
Rorisang Mahlakoana (Ms)
Scientist Production: Pest Risk Analysis
Directorate: Plant Health
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries