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Title: Re-evaluating management of established pests including the European wasp, Vespula germanica using biocontrol agents
Contributor(s): Cacho, Oscar  (author)orcid ; Hester, Susie  (author)orcid ; Tait, Peter (author)
Publication Date: 2021-01
Open Access: Yes
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Established pests such as the European wasp (Vespula germanica) are often overlooked as candidates for management programmes (eradication and/or containment) because the use of traditional surveillance and control techniques over very large areas becomes uneconomic. Use of biological control agents that persist in the environment is usually the only economically feasible option, however the processes around approvals for release of biocontrol agents can take significant amounts of time and resources, especially if screening and testing of potential agents is required.

This project investigates whether the European wasp could be a candidate for a renewed management programme in south-eastern Australia given the availability of a biocontrol agent following successful screening and testing of an agent, Sphecophaga vesparum vesparum, in the 1980s. Whether a biological control programme is worthwhile pursuing depends on the size of the benefits to industry, community and the environment from a reduction in European wasp abundance. This project explores the benefits and costs of European wasp management using a biocontrol agent, and importantly, includes valuation of the social and environmental impacts of the pest.
Publication Type: Report
Publisher: Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA)
Place of Publication: Melbourne, Australia
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 300804 Horticultural crop protection (incl. pests, diseases and weeds)
380101 Agricultural economics
380105 Environment and resource economics
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 180602 Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments
HERDC Category Description: R1 Report
Extent of Pages: 93
Description: This is a Final Report for CEBRA Project 190804 prepared with contributions from: Dr Raelene Kwong, Greg Lefoe, Paul Rutherford and Dr Darren Kriticos.
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