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Application to release Stomphastis sp. nov., an agent for the biological control of Jatropha gossypiifolia in Australia

Taylor, D. B. J. and Dhileepan, K. (2021) Application to release Stomphastis sp. nov., an agent for the biological control of Jatropha gossypiifolia in Australia. Technical Report. State of Queensland.

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Abstract

Jatropha gossypiifolia (Euphorbiaceae), commonly known as bellyache bush, is a serious weed of rangelands and riparian zones of northern Australia, and it has the potential to invade much of northern Australia. Biological control is an important component of the long-term management strategy for J. gossypiifolia in Australia. Biological control of bellyache bush was initiated in 1999. Since then, only one agent, the jewel bug, Agonosoma trilineatum has been released and there is no evidence of its establishment. A renewed biological control effort, involving exploration in South America identified a number of potential biological control agents, the most promising of which, a small leaf-mining moth Stomphastis sp. nova (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae), was imported from Peru into quarantine in 2014 for further research.

Item Type:Monograph (Technical Report)
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Keywords:Jatropha gossypiifolia (Euphorbiaceae) bellyache bush Biological control
Subjects:Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Biological control
Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Integrated weed control
Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Weed ecology
Deposited On:02 Dec 2021 00:25
Last Modified:02 Dec 2021 00:25

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