Florida Entomologist (2009) 92, 292-303

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Fernando McKay, Marina Oleiro, Guillermo Cabrera Walsh, Daniel Gandolfo, James P. Cuda and Gregory S. Wheeler (2009)
Natural enemies of Brazilian peppertree (Sapindales: Anacardiaceae) from Argentina: Their possible use for biological control in the USA
Florida Entomologist 92 (2), 292-303
Abstract: Brazilian peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolius Raddi, Anacardiaceae) is a perennial tree native to Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. The plant was introduced into the USA before 1900. Originally grown as an ornamental, Brazilian peppertree is now considered an noxious plant in Hawaii and Florida, where it is ranked among the most important threats to biodiversity in natural areas. Recent surveys conducted in northeastern Argentina recovered one fungus associated with distorted leaves and 36 phytophagous insects collected on Brazilian peppertree. A leaf-feeding notodontid moth, a new species of gracillariid leaf blotch miner, and a stem-boring weevil have been selected for further studies to determine their potential as biological control agents of Brazilian peppertree in the USA. The results of these surveys are summarized herein and descriptions are included of the insects that are considered most promising for biological control of this weed.
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Database assignments for author(s): Fernando Mc Kay, Guillermo Cabrera Walsh, James P. Cuda

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
biocontrol - natural enemies
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Schinus terebinthifolius (weed) Argentina
Schinus terebinthifolius (weed) U.S.A. (Hawaii)
Schinus terebinthifolius (weed) U.S.A. (SE)
Heteroperreyia hubrichi (weed bioagent) Schinus terebinthifolius (weed) Argentina