oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Insect herbivore diversity on the exotic weed Solanum mauritianum Scop. and three other Solanum species in the eastern Cape Province
Solanum mauritianum Scop. (bugweed) is a serious exotic weed in South Africa. It is indigenous to South America where it is attacked by a diverse phytophagous fauna. The diversity of insect herbivores in South Africa was evaluated and compared to that on several local species. The fact that S. mauritianum is relatively unscathed by local insect herbivores in South Africa suggests that biological control is a potentially useful means of controlling this weed.
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