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
|Article Title||Insect herbivore diversity on the exotic weed Solanum mauritianum Scop. and three other Solanum species in the eastern Cape Province|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Journal||Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 Department of Zoology and Entomology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown|
|Publication Date||Mar 1989|
|Pages||81 - 93|
|Keyword(s)||Bugtree, Bugweed, Illustrations, Insect herbivores, Phytophagous fauna and Solanum maurilianum|
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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