Weed Biocontrol Issue 83
In this issue
First release of new agents
We are pleased to report the first field releases of two insect biocontrol agents – one for giant reed (Arundo donax) and another for field horsetail (Equisetum arvense).
We would like to introduce some new staff who have joined us recently.
What do weeds cost?
It is no secret that weeds cost the productive sector a huge amount of money each year, in terms of both control and lost production. But the size of this financial burden is not easily calculated.
Darwin's barberry: playing the numbers game
Recently there have been some important breakthroughs in the Darwin’s barberry (Berberis darwinii) project, involving both the seed-feeding weevil (Berberidicola exaratus) and the rust fungus (Puccinia berberidis-darwinii) in what is really proving to be a numbers game.
Choosing a good release site
A critical success factor for the successful establishment of new weed biocontrol agents is choosing good release sites.
There are a few things you might want to fit in before winter.