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Information about (Schinus terebinthifolius) Brazilian Peppertree and recent Biocontrol Release
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 Schinus terebinthifolius or Brazilian Peppertree is a native of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina and was introduced in Florida as an ornamental shrub. Brazilian pepper is ranked among the most important threats to biodiversity in the South Florida ecosystem and occupies more area in the state than any other invasive species. This shrub not only threatens endangered flora and fauna but many citizens suffer from allergic reactions to the airborne volatiles produced. Currently, there are over 700,000 acres in Florida infested with Brazilian pepper tree. This plant produces a dense canopy that shades out all other plants and provides a very poor habitat for native species. 

 

Scientists Reunite Old Acquaintances to Control Unwelcome Guests

 

If you would be interested in requesting the biological control agent Thrips (Pseudophilothrips ichini) for the Brazilian Peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolius) on your public land please print and scan the request form below to: min.rayamajhi@usda.gov

 Thrips Request Form for Public Land

  

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