Thursday, July 29, 2010

Potential Biocontrol for Skunk Vine

A new beetle that could be used to control the invasive weed called skunk vine has been identified by Agricultural Research Service scientists and cooperators. The tiny, black beetle (Himalusa thailandensis) measures only one-tenth of an inch long. It was found in Thailand feeding on species of skunk vine closely related to two skunk vine species invading the southern United States. This beetle species belongs to a group of insects that are normally scavengers or predators, so finding this plant feeding species is a unique discovery. To read more, click here.