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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: DEVELOPMENT & EVALUATION OF BIOLOGICAL CONTROL AGENTS FOR INVASIVE SPECIES THREATENING THE EVERGLADES & OTHER NATURAL AND MANANGED SYSTEMS

Location: Invasive Plant Research Laboratory

Title: Herbivory by introduced insects reduces growth and survival of Melaleuca quinquenervia

Author
item Pratt, Paul

Submitted to: International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: January 15, 2007
Publication Date: April 25, 2007
Citation: Pratt, P.D. 2007. Herbivory by introduced insects reduces growth and survival of Melaleuca quinquenervia. International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds.

Interpretive Summary: Melaleuca quinquenervia (melaleuca) is a native to eastern Australia and has been introduced to various locations around the world. One hundred years after its introduction into Florida, melaleuca grows spontaneously and displaces native plants as well as animals in the wetlands that comprise the Florida Everglades. In an effort to curb the invasion of this weed, scientists have identified natural enemies or biological control agents that help in the suppression of melaleuca. This article provides details on the introduced biological control agent Boreioglycaspis melaleucae and Oxyops vitiosa, with emphasis on the effects feeding on plant survivorship and growth..

Technical Abstract: Melaleuca quinquenervia (Cav.) Blake (Myrtaceae) (melaleuca) is a native to eastern Australia and has been introduced to various locations around the world. One hundred years after its introduction into Florida, melaleuca grows spontaneously and displaces native plants as well as animals in the wetlands that comprise the Florida Everglades. In an effort to curb the invasion of this weed, scientists have identified natural enemies or biological control agents that help in the suppression of melaleuca. This article provides details on the introduced biological control agents Boreioglycaspis melaleucae (Moore) (Homoptera: Psyllidae) and Oxyops vitiosa (Pascoe) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). This research emphasizes the effects feeding on plant survivorship and growth.

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