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    Cochineal insects released to destroy rampant Hudson pear cactus near Lightning Ridge

    The biocontrol for Cylindropuntia pallida also known as Hudson pear has been released. The Dactylopius tomentosus (californica var. parkeri) commonly known as cochineal is one of six lineages which is being used to specifically target Hudson pear. Through collaboration with Department of Primary Industries Senior Researcher Andrew McConnachie, Walgett Shire Council Weed Officers Mat Savage and Andrea Fletcher, North West Local Land Service Regional Weed Officer Pete Dawson and Northern Slopes Landcare NW Cacti Control Coordinator Jo Skewes, they all have been able to create a program that delivers an effective on ground biocontrol. Another tool in the toolbox to help control the core infestations of Hudson pear.

    To find out more about how you can get your hands on some biocontrol for Hudson pear contact Walgett Shire Weed Officer Mat Savage on 0427 253 463 or NW Cacti Control Coordinator Jo Skewes on 0402 014 769.

    Releasing the Hounds on Hudson pear - a community biological control management program, funded through the NSW Government's Office for Environment and Heritage. 

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