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First fungal pathogen to be utilized for weed biocontrol in Fiji and Papua New Guinea

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Pene, S., Orapa, W. and Day, M.D. (2007) First fungal pathogen to be utilized for weed biocontrol in Fiji and Papua New Guinea. Biocontrol News and Information, 28 (3). pp. 55-56.

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Biological control of weeds has been carried out in Fiji since 1911, when the seed-fly Ophiomyia lantanae was introduced in an attempt to control Lantana camara. In 1988, the thrips Liothrips mikaniae was introduced from Trinidad into the Solomon Islands in an attempt to undertake biocontrol of Mikania micrantha (mikania) in the Pacific. A small colony of the thrips was subsequently taken from the Solomon Islands to the Kerevat Lowlands Agricultural Experimental Station in New Britain, Papua New Guinea (PNG). Now two decades later and for the first time, a pathogenic rust fungus has been imported for use against mikania, one of Fiji’s and the Pacific’s worst invasive weeds.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:QPIF, Biosecurity Queensland
Additional Information:© CABI publishing.
Keywords:Puccinia spegazzinii; Mikania micrantha; mile-a-minute; weed biological control; Papua New Guinea; Fiji.
Subjects:Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Biological control
Live Archive:16 Nov 2009 05:49
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:48

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