Is biological control of Lagarosiphon major (curly waterweed) viable?
Thursday, 13 October 2016
The leaf-mining fly Hydrellia lagarosiphon (Diptera: Ephydridae) is being considered as a classical biological control agent in New Zealand and Ireland against the invasive species Lagarosiphon major, alien species of Union concern under EU Regulation 1143/2014.
Under laboratory conditions, larvae of H. lagarosiphon showed a substantial impact on L. major and can halt plant growth, with a potential to become an effective biological control agent.
Full article: Mangan R., Baars J (2016) Can leaf-mining flies generate damage with significant impact on the submerged weed Lagarosiphon major? BioControl, DOI 10.1007/s10526-016-9759-7