Biological Control of Glassy-winged Sharpshooter - Lutte Biologique contre la Cicadelle Pisseuse

The glassy-winged sharpshooter (GWSS) Homalodisca vitripennis - a major insect pest of agricultural, ornamental, and native plants - invaded Tahiti in 1999 and spread rapidly to other islands. In 2004, the University of California (Berkeley and Riverside) in collaboration with the French Polynesian Agricultural Service began a classical biocontrol program against GWSS using the egg mymarid parasitoid Gonatocerus ashmedi.

 

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