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Subject: Australian salvinia weevil released in Texas
Publicada: November 07, 2001
Source: Texas Parks & Widlife Department
The US Department of Agriculture, in collaboration with the Texas Park & Wildlife Department, released the Australian salvinia weevil (Cyrtobagous salviniae) into giant salvinia population in Texas on October 10-11, 2001. The releases were carried out at four different sites (Toledo Bend, Liberty Co., Chambers Co., Lake Texana). It is hoped that the weevil will contribute to a reduction of giant salvinia densities at these sites. It has previously been used successfully for biocontrol in other parts of the world, including South Africa and Australia.
For more information:
nas.er.usgs.gov/fern