Gratiana boliviana (weed bioagent)

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Author(s): Peggy Greb, USDA Agricultural Research Service
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Gratiana boliviana (weed bioagent) Spaeth, 1926 - (tropical soda apple leaf beetle)

This leaf beetle is a biological control agent of the weed tropical soda apple (Solanum viarum). It is native to South America and has been successfully introduced into Florida as a biological control agent. Releases started in 2003 and the beetle had become established by 2010.

For a review see Diaz et al., 2014.