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    Hudson pear is 'cactus'

     New insect bring hope in Hudson pear fight

    Once again the biocontrol Dactylopius tomentosus (californica var. parkeri) commonly known as cochineal for Hudson pear, Cylindropuntia pallida was in the spotlight, as Lightning Ridge had a visit from Minister Adam Marshall last week.

    In 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 were given the opportunity to show case their hard work in developing a program that delivers an effective on ground biocontrol whilst working with the community and creating partnerships with local and state departments and organisations.  A program that can be utilised as a benchmark for future projects.

    To find out more about how you can get your hands on some biocontrol for Hudson pear contact Biosecurity Weeds Officer on 0428 462 060 or NW Cacti Control Coordinator 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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