Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington
Novel tools, technologies and strategies need to be deployed to eradicate biotic threats.
Many of our current pest control strategies have unintended and detrimental effects on the surrounding environment. For example, heavy reliance on pesticides can result in non-target kill of native or beneficial invertebrates.
We need new tools to effectively control pests while avoiding these unwanted side-effects.
The ‘Novel Tools & Strategies – Invertebrates’ team aims to develop a new, landscape scale, invertebrate pest management tool by 2024.
While working towards this goal, they are partnering with iwi and hapū to understand how new pest control tools and enhance kaitiakitanga and promote tino rangatiratanga.
This work building on previous BioHeritage research into wasp eradication.