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Title: Suitability of Diorhabda Elongata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) for Biological Control of Saltcedars (Tamarix SPP.) in the Southern United States and Northern Mexico

item Milbrath, Lindsey
item Herr, John
item Knutson, Allen - TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
item Tracy, James
item Bean, Dan
item Rodriguez-Del-Bosque, Luis - INSTITUTO NACIONAL FOREST
item Carruthers, Raymond
item Deloach Jr, Culver

Submitted to: Proceedings of National Congress of Biological Control
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: November 14, 2003
Publication Date: January 10, 2004
Citation: Milbrath, L.R., Herr, J.C., Knutson, A.E., Tracy, J.L., Bean, D.W., Rodriguez-del-Bosque, L.A., Carruthers, R.I., Deloach, C.J. 2003. Suitability of Diorhabda elongata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) for biological control of saltcedars (Tamarix spp.) in the southern United States and northern Mexico. In: Memoirs of the XXVI Congresso Nacional de Control Biologico, November 3-8, 2003, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. p. 225-227.

Interpretive Summary: Saltcedars are exotic shrubs or trees that have invaded river systems throughout the Western U.S. and northern Mexico, causing major problems. The importation of insects from the Old World that damage saltcedar, but not other plants, has good potential to control saltcedar. A leaf-feeding beetle, released and now established in northern areas of the U.S., appears very promising in controlling saltcedar. Other populations of the beetle have been studied that we anticipate will establish in the southern U.S. and northern Mexico and cause significant damage to saltcedar. Control of saltcedar will improve native plant communities and wildlife habitat, and insure water supplies for agriculture and municipalities.

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