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Gall-inducing insects and biological control of Parthenium hysterophorus L. (Asteraceae)

Florentine, S. K., Raman, A. and Dhileepan, K. (2001) Gall-inducing insects and biological control of Parthenium hysterophorus L. (Asteraceae). Plant Protection Quarterly, 16 (2). pp. 63-68. ISSN 0815-2195


Article Link: https://caws.org.nz/PPQ1617/PPQ%2016-2%20pp063-68%...


Weeds invade agricultural ecosystems and degrade productive land. Parthenium hysterophorus, introduced accidentally into Australia from the United States of America, not only affects productive land, but also causes severe health problems to humans. Since gall-inducing arthropods are increasingly becoming useful in weed management campaigns, we discuss in this paper the benefits of using gall-inducing insects in the biological control of weeds, targeting P. hysterophorus which is a major problem weed in Queensland. We evaluate the capability of two gall-inducing insects against P. hysterophorus. The gall-inducing moth, Epiblema strenuana and the gall-inducing weevil, Conotrachelus
albocinereus display significant morphological and physiological impacts on P. hysterophorus indicating them to be effective organisms for use in biological control in Australia.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Plant pests and diseases > Weeds, parasitic plants etc
Plant pests and diseases > Pest control and treatment of diseases. Plant protection > Organic plant protection. Biological control
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