Landcare Research – New Zealand:
Rabbit and Possums
Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research – New Zealand
13 July 1995
File No: 11/01/1
Enquiries to: D.R. Morgan
Mr. Jeremy Suckling
123 Main South Road
PO Box 11303
We have now completed preliminary pen trials of Plantskydd® against both possums and wild rabbits. I enclose copies of the data which show the % of individual trees remaining over time, using Treepel™ as a positive treatment.
I have also enclosed a copy of a paper which explains the method we use for pen assessments of repellents, and attached is a summary of the analysis of Plantskydd® v. Treepel™ showing a comparison of the mean area under the browse curves. This shows that Plantskydd® was significantly more effective than Treepel™ against rabbits, and equally effective as Treepel™ against possums.
If you would like us to continue with a more robust phase of assessment, involving field trials, we would be happy to discuss the options by which this research could be done.
Pest Control Technology Team