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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: he land manager’s handbook on integrated pest management of Melaleuca quinquenervia

Authors
item Scoles, John -
item Pratt, Paul
item Silvers, C -
item Langeland, K -
item Meisenburg, M -
item Ferriter, A -
item Gioeli, K -
item Gray, C -

Submitted to: Agriculture Handbook
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: March 15, 2006
Publication Date: April 10, 2006
Repository URL: http://tame.ifas.ufl.edu/publications.shtml
Citation: Scoles, J.C., Pratt, P.D., Silvers, C.S., Langeland, K.A., Meisenburg, M.J., Ferriter, A.P., Gioeli, K.T., Gray, C.J. 2006. he land manager’s handbook on integrated pest management of Melaleuca quinquenervia. Agriculture Handbook. tame.ifas.ufl.edu/publications.shtml.

Interpretive Summary: The adventive Australian tree Melaleuca quinquenervia (Cav.) S.T. Blake is an invasive pest plant in the greater Everglades region of Florida. Public agencies and organizations responsible for natural areas management have developed effective chemical and mechanical strategies for treating infestations, but these methods can be costly and labor intensive. Meanwhile, many infestations on privately held lands remain unmanaged. The melaleuca biological control program, developed to complement conventional removal tactics, reduces reproduction and growth of the tree and functions on unmanaged lands. But the full impacts of the biological control program will only be realized when private land owners and public land managers become familiar with its benefits. An areawide pest management project for melaleuca was initiated in 2001 with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) to promote regional implementation of biological control as the basis for integrated management. Herein, we present tactics and methods of controlling melaleuca over a large geographic landscape.

Technical Abstract: The adventive Australian tree Melaleuca quinquenervia (Cav.) S.T. Blake is an invasive pest plant in the greater Everglades region of Florida. Public agencies and organizations responsible for natural areas management have developed effective chemical and mechanical strategies for treating infestations, but these methods can be costly and labor intensive. Meanwhile, many infestations on privately held lands remain unmanaged. The melaleuca biological control program, developed to complement conventional removal tactics, reduces reproduction and growth of the tree and functions on unmanaged lands. But the full impacts of the biological control program will only be realized when private land owners and public land managers become familiar with its benefits. An areawide pest management project for melaleuca was initiated in 2001 with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) to promote regional implementation of biological control as the basis for integrated management. Herein, we present tactics and methods of controlling melaleuca over a large geographic landscape.

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