Management of Giant Willow Aphid
Ministry for Primary Industries Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) 404830
Giant willow aphid (GWA) is negatively impacting New Zealand’s rural environment, apiculture and horticulture industries, and poses a human and animal health threat because of the elevated numbers of wasps associated with aphid honeydew.
Scion is leading a three-year research programme focusing on long-term control of giant willow aphid. This programme is funded by MPI’s Sustainable Farming Fund and brings together Apiculture New Zealand, the New Zealand Poplar & Willow Research Trust, the River Managers Group and Zespri International, all providing significant cash and in-kind support. Research partners include Plant & Food Research, the University of Otago and the USDA Forest Service. See “Partners” tab for a full list of research partners and supporters.