Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Fearing Feral Kiwi

You'd think that New Zealanders would be the last people to fear a kiwi, but when it comes to Asian Kiwifruit (Actinidia chinensis), they're definitely concerned. It seems that the more commonly cultivated kiwifruit, A. deliciosa (also native to Asia), has escaped from fields and naturalized along river banks and forest margins. According to this HortNet article, members of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council are worried that A. chinensis will do the same. They are keeping a watchful eye on the situation, and hoping that farmers will use caution when growing the species.

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