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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Natural Enemies of Weeds Which Are Endemic to Southeast Asia and Australia, and Invasive to the United States Project Number: 0206-22000-002-02
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Feb 01, 2010
End Date: Jan 31, 2015

Objective:
Search for, identify, evaluate, and prioritize potential biological control agents for use against weeds of Australian and Southeast Asian origin, with emphasis on weeds that are invasive to South Florida.

Approach:
Target weeds include Melaleuca quinquenervia, Lygodium microphyllum, Casuarina spp., and other weeds endemic to Australia and Southeast Asia. Natural enemies will be identified by searching the literature and museum collections and by original field surveys. Candidate biological control agents will be evaluated in the laboratory and field. Prioritization of candidates will be based upon host range, as well as biological and ecological studies, according to published criteria and in consultation with the ADODR. Candidates deemed most promising for use against weeds invasive to the United States will be shipped to appropriate Stateside quarantine facilities.

Last Modified: 9/10/2014
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