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New Zealand Plant Protection 65 (2012): 274-280

Promoting innovation through a new group standard for straight-chained lepidopteran sex pheromones

K.S.H. Boyd Wilson, D.M. Suckling, D.P.F. Graham, G.K. Clare and P.S. Stevens


Group standards are a New Zealand regulatory approach to managing a group of hazardous substances of a similar nature, type or having similar circumstances of use, such as paints or cosmetics. Straight-chained lepidopteran sex pheromones (SCLP) can be used for population monitoring or for mating disruption to help reduce reliance on insecticides. To avoid the need for each pheromone substance to be registered separately under Part 5 of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (1996), Plant & Food Research has developed the Straight-chained Lepidopteran Sex Pheromone Group Standard (HSR100628). This means that new SCLP products for research or sale can be developed, imported or manufactured more efficiently and effectively, promoting innovation in an area with small market size but large beneficial impact on plant protection. Regulatory aspects of pheromones and semiochemicals for research and commercial use are discussed.

Keywords: HSR100628, mating disruption, monitoring, pheromone, straight-chained lepidopteran sex pheromone group standard.

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