The final report recommends that the biological control agent, Hydrotimetesnatans , should be released to control the aquatic weed, cabomba ( Cabombacaroliniana ). The risk is estimated to be Negligible, which achievesAustralia’s appropriate level of protection (ALOP).

The applicant, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial ResearchOrganisation (CSIRO), provided a submission in support of their application torelease the biological control agent. The submission detailed the results ofhost-specificity testing, together with other relevant information. Thissubmission is included as an attachment to the final report.

A preliminary draft of this report was distributed to state and territorygovernment departments for consultation. The state and territory governmentssupport the release of Hydrotimetes natans to control the aquatic weed,cabomba.

The department announced the release of the draft report for publicconsultation on 12 November 2020. One submission was received during theconsultation period and this submission supported the outcomes of the draftreport.

The final report and more information about this risk analysis are availableon the department’s website.

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