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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Oxyops Vitiosa

Authors
item Pratt, Paul
item Center, Ted
item Rayamajhi, Min
item Van, Thai
item Wright, Susan

Submitted to: Biological Control of Invasive Plants in the United States
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: December 20, 2003
Publication Date: January 20, 2004
Citation: Pratt, P.D., Center, T.D., Rayamajhi, M.B., Van, T.K., Wineriter, S.A. 2004. Oxyops vitiosa. Pages 270-272 Biological Control of Invasive Plants in the United States.

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 book chapter provides details on the introduced biological control agent Oxyops vitiosa, with emphasis on its life history and impact on the invasive plant M. quinquqnervia.

Technical Abstract: 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 book chapter provides details on the introduced biological control agent Oxyops vitiosa, with emphasis on its life history and impact on the invasive plant M. quinquqnervia.

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