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Selwyn Times: March 14, 2018

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28 Wednesday March 14 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES A Star Media Event Star Media Sunday 18 March #Areyouupforit? EntEr NOW! Entry $25 (children 10 and under free) Available online now from city2surf.co.nz or at these outlets

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday March 14 2018 29 Backyard Critters Pests that cause leaf damage Mike Bowie is an ecologist who specialises in entomology (insects and other invertebrates). Each week he introduces a new species found in his backyard at Lincoln. His column aims to raise public awareness of biodiversity, the variety of living things around us AT THIS time of the year, some of the leaves in your garden may show signs of pest damage. My bean leaves are displaying signs of localised chlorosis, the lack of chloroplasts, the green pigment used for photosynthesis. However, it is not a nutrient deficiency causing this; it is the result of minute two-spotted spider mites, Tetranychus urticae, sucking the underside of the leaves. TSM are a cosmopolitan pest species that originated in Eurasia and have many hosts including beans, corn, clover, berry species, and many orchard and glasshouse plants. At 0.4mm long, elliptical shaped females are just visible PESTS: At this time of the year, two-spotted spider mites may be why leaves in gardens are showing signs of pest damage. ​ with the naked eye. Smaller males are teardrop in shape. TSM are lightly green in colour and have two dominant spots caused by plant material, juices and chloroplasts, in their gut. Females lay translucent, spherical eggs more often on the underside of leaves. Eggs became more opaque as they develop until six-legged larvae emerge. Larvae soon develop to nymphs with eight legs, the same as the adults. In hot regions or in the glasshouse, mites develop to large colonies dominated by webbing and will climb to the highest leaf tips to be dispersed by the wind. Fortunately, several predator mite species eat TSM eggs and adults and can help keep the populations in check. Lincoln Uni revives major for parks and recreation sector LINCOLN UNIVERSITY and the Department of Conservation are teaming up to meet “a desperate need” in the parks and recreation sector. With an extra one million tourists expected to visit New Zealand each year by 2025, Lincoln is re-introducing a unique parks and outdoor recreation major and DOC will fund seven scholarships for students enrolled in this year’s first intake of the programme. The major, which was previously offered from 2008 to 2014, is the only one of its kind offered in New Zealand. It is designed to equip students for roles in parks and reserves management, nature-based tourism, visitor services and recreation policy or planning. “Good management of our iconic natural landscapes and ecosystems is key to the success of the visitor industry. These skills are desperately needed to manage the increase in visitors,” said DOC director-general Lou Sanson. “Many of DOC’s current senior managers came from this course, which at the time also attracted overseas participants from Southeast Asia and Nepal, as it was internationally recognised in helping develop excellent parks managers, be they working for central or local government.” The major brings together areas of social science and ecology and supports a requirement for sound management of New Zealand’s natural resources, as visitor numbers to protected areas grow. bathurst home theatre suite - Sofa with two built-in electric recliners. - Electric adjustable headrests. - Directional reading lights. - Cup holders with courtesy lighting. - Plus two fully optioned electric recliner chairs. now $ 4499 was $6999 save $2500 from $40 a week the “bathurst” is back! be quick for our genuine bathurst home theatre suite! beauty sleep Quality Double Mattress & Base Set $ 699 cloud rest Top quality pocket sprung Mattress and Base set $ 1099 king, queen or super king pop up King Single Bed $ 599 was $1265 3 sizes 1 price! from $12 a week and Phil Dan’s wakefield 3RR+R+R Lounge Suite $ 2379 was $4045 free oxford Recliner Chair $ 639 was $1055 from $15 a week Furniture WAREHOUSE the furniture you want at the prices you love! swivel rocker! from $48 a week christchurch delivery on any purchase over $599! * electric Lift Chairs Black & oatmeal 15a Bishopdale Mall (South end off Farrington Ave) (03) 359 1663 jericho 3 Seater Chaise mustang 3 Piece Dropleaf Table and Chairs now $ 649each $ was $899 499 from $19 a week Available in dark grey or black open 7 days! Finance Now and Q Card: Minimum purchase $599, lending criteria, fees, terms and conditions apply, see in store for details. All applications subject to normal credit and lending criteria. Application fee and annual account fee may apply. Please note: proof of address and photo ID required. modena Corner Suite $ 959 $ 1699 save $500 was $1999 Phil & Dan’s Left or right combination * Terms and conditions apply. Must present this advert at the time of purchase. mustang 5 Piece Extension Table and Chairs now $ 899