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Codling moth

Using sex to protect export markets

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Codling moth

Codling moth, Cydia pomonella, is a major quarantine issue for the pipfruit industry, as the larval worm burrows into apples to feed. Control of codling moth costs the pipfruit industry between $8 and $12 million each year. However, the presence of a single codling moth in a shipment can severely impact on access to a market for all New Zealand apple exports.