Beating buddleia the biological way

Kriticos, Darren
May 2006
New Zealand Tree Grower;May2006, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p29
The article considers the use of the leaf eating weevil, Cleopus japonicus, as a possible biological control agent for buddleia. Both nationally and internationally, buddleia has become a weed problem in forests because of its immediate growth and its ability to colonize bare ground and young trees. To remedy the problem, Ensis scientists discovered that Cleopus can be a possible control agent for buddleia. If the Cleopus weevil is able to establish successfully in New Zealand, it has the potential to stop the growth of buddleia through defoliation.


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