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- Smit, Etienne R., et al. Show all 3 Authors
- Biological control 2019 v.136 pp. 104002
- Diorhabda carinulata; Tamarix chinensis; Tamarix ramosissima; adults; biological control; biological control agents; eggs; fecundity; females; host specificity; indigenous species; oviposition; rearing; survival rate; South Africa; United States
- ... Several countries globally, including South Africa, have been invaded by at least one of five species of Tamarix. South Africa therefore considered using one or more species of leaf-feeding beetles in the genus Diorhabda (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), including Diorhabda carinulata, against invasive T. ramosissima and T. chinensis, since the beetles are highly damaging in the USA.The situation in So ...
- Smit, Etienne R., et al. Show all 5 Authors
- Biological invasions 2017 v.19 no.10 pp. 2971-2992
- Coleoptera; Tamarix; biological control; biological control agents; ecological invasion; host specificity; indigenous species; introduced species; invasive species; mine tailings; phylogeny; phytoremediation; trees; Eurasia; South Africa; United States
- ... Most species of Tamarix originate in Eurasia and at least five species have become invasive around the world, including South Africa. However, T. usneoides is indigenous to southern Africa, where the potential for biological control of the invasive species is being investigated. Recent research on the invasive species is reviewed here with particular reference to these South African biocontrol eff ...