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Making Invasive Species Work For Us

What happens when a nefarious bug threatens valuable California citrus crops? Unleash a swarm of foreign parasitic wasps to kick the little bug’s butt! Trace explains how this is gonna work, and tells stories of what other invasive species are up to around the world.

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Citrus growers import wasp to fight disease threatening groves

“Pesticides haven’t worked. Quarantines have been useless. Now California citrus farmers have hired an assassin to knock off the intruder threatening their orchards.”

Has the Asian Citrus Psyllid Parasitoid, Tamarixia radiata, Established in California?

“The Problem: Tamarixia radiata, a tiny parasitic wasp has been imported into California from thePunjab of Pakistan to attack nymphs of Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), a serious citrus pest that has established wide spread populations in the counties of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside (significantly smaller populations are known in Imperial and San Diego Counties too).”

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“They’re often the most ubiquitous examples of man’s failure against nature. These creatures spread quickly, resist any attempt at control and are wildly undesirable.”

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“Not all invasions come from marauding armies. You can devastate a place just by introducing a non-native species that creates dramatic and unexpected shifts in the dynamics of the ecosystem.”

What’s Buzzing with Africanized Honey Bees?

“In 1990, a honey bee swarm unlike any before found in the United States was identified just outside the small south Texas town of Hidalgo.”

ASIAN CITRUS PSYLLID (ACP) / HUANGLONGBING (HLB)

“The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) is a pest that acts as a carrier or vector spreading “huanglongbing” (HLB), a devastating disease of citrus trees. This bacterial disease is transmitted to healthy trees by the psyllid after it feeds on infected plant tissue.”

Asian citrus psyllid parasitoid

Tamarixia radiata (Waterston) (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) is an effective ectoparasitoid of the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri Kuwayama (Hemiptera: Psyllidae).



Florida Holds High-Profile Hunt for Low-Profile Creatures

“State wildlife officials became so frustrated with the prolific and invasive Burmese pythons that on Jan. 12 they began a one-month hunt…”

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