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Talkback: New Zealand flatworms

Posted: 16/04/2012 at 12:50
Not enough is being done to control New Zealand flatworms - all research seems dated. What happened to the research into their native predators / parasites? Some dna mapping is taking place but what good will that do? Years ago researchers said there was a midge from Tasmania that parasitises NZFs - what happened to research into this? Isn't capturing and destroying them a waste of time since they can reproduce by parthenogenesis? Also, when a predator is removed from a territory - more from the surrounding area will move in. Here in Aberdeen at our allotment site we have hardly any earthworms, and wildlife (blackbirds, starlings, hedgehogs) must also be affected. DEFRA should be doing more! :/

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