We conducted a risk analysis for the release of the leaf-mining moth Stomphastis thraustica for the biological control of bellyache bush (Jatropha gossypiifolia).
We conducted the risk analysis in two key steps:
- Released the draft report of the risk analysis for the release of Stomphastis sp. nov. (now identified as Stomphastis thraustica) for the biological control of Jatropha gossypiifolia on 19 November 2021, via Biosecurity Advice 2021/P13 for a 30-day consultation period, closing on 20 December 2021.
- Released the final report of the risk analysis in April 2022, following consideration of stakeholder submissions.
The final risk analysis report recommends that the release of the leaf-mining moth Stomphastis thraustica for the biological control of bellyache bush (Jatropha gossypiifolia) should be permitted, subject to meeting the standard quarantine requirements for biological control agents.
It has been determined that the risk estimate for the leaf-mining moth targeting plants other than bellyache bush (Jatropha gossypiifolia) is Negligible. This risk estimate achieves Australia’s appropriate level of protection (ALOP). Details of the assessment that determined this risk estimate are contained in the final risk analysis report.
The application that was submitted by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF) was included as an attachment to the final report.
Application for the release of Stomphastis thraustica for the biological control of Jatropha gossypiifolia
The risk analysis assessed the application made by QDAF to release the leaf-mining moth Stomphastis thraustica to control bellyache bush (Jatropha gossypiifolia) in Australia.
The published application report may not meet Australian Government accessibility guidelines as it has not been prepared by the department.
|Application for the release of Stomphastis thraustica for the biological control of Jatropha gossypiifolia PDF||2.6 MB|
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Publication of the final risk analysis report represents the end of the risk analysis. There is also an approval process within the department under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Risk analysis reports may be used by the Minister for the Environment in making a determination to include the species on the List of specimens taken to be suitable for live import (the Live Import List). This approval process will occur following release of the final report. If we approve release of the biological control agent and the Live Import List is amended to include the agent, a letter will be sent to the applicant providing conditions of release.
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