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Lygodium microphyllum, native to Africa, has invaded the U.S. It is damaging our wetland ecosystems with its dense horizontal canopies.

Lygodium microphyllum, has invaded the U.S., and it is damaging our wetland ecosystems with its dense horizontal canopies. For more information, click the ABCL link below.

 Fighting Invasive Species

The ARS overseas biological control laboratories (OBCL) defend the U.S. by partnering with countries where invasive plants and insects originated to research them; so we may limit or eliminate those already on U.S. soil, or prevent them from getting here in the first place. The labs conduct research projects to search for, identify, evaluate, and prioritize potential biological control agents for use against invasive species, especially species already invasive to the U.S. They continue research to buffer screwworm from returning to the United States.    

Notable progress in fiscal year 2016: 

• European Biological Control Laboratory (EBCL)
• Australian Biological Control Laboratory (ABCL)
• Sino-American Biological Control Laboratory (Sino-ABCL)
• FueDEI (South America)
• Screwworm Unit Laboratory at the Screwworm Production Facility, Pacora Panama

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