Distribution of Chromolaena odorata and its Biological Control in Taiwan

Date
2006-12
Authors
Lai, Po-Yung
Muniappan, R.
Wang, Tzu-Hui
Wu, Chin-Jung
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Hawaiian Entomological Society
Abstract
Chromolaena odorata, introduced about 15 years ago to the southern part of Taiwan as a medicinal plant has become an invasive weed and has already spread to the counties of Pingtung, Kaohsiung, Tainan, Chiayi, Yunlin, Changhau, Taichung, and Taitung. An eriophyid mite, Acalitus adoratus, has been fortuitously introduced but is not effective in controlling C. odorata. Two effective natural enemies, a moth, Pareuchaetes pseudoinsulata and a gall fly, Cecidochares connexa have been imported from Guam into the quarantine facility at the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology for host-specificity testing and field release upon approval by the quarantine authority.
Description
Scientific note.
Keywords
Acalitus adoratus, biological control agents, Cecidochares connexa, Chromolaena odorata, introduced species, invasive species, Pareuchaetes pseudoinsulata, perennial weeds, Taiwan, weed control, geographical distribution
Citation
Lai P, Muniappan R, Wang T, Wu C. 2006. Distribution of Chromolaena odorata and its biological control in Taiwan. Proc Hawaiian Entomol Soc 38:119–122.
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