n African Entomology - The host range of Isturgia deeraria, an insect considered for the biological control of Acacia nilotica in Australia
|Article Title||The host range of Isturgia deeraria, an insect considered for the biological control of Acacia nilotica in Australia|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Author||W.A. Palmer and A. McLennan|
|Publication Date||Mar 2006|
|Pages||141 - 145|
|Keyword(s)||Biocontrol and Tephrina presbitaria|
The geometrid caterpillar Isturgia deerraria was imported from Kenya into quarantine facilities in Australia as a potential biological control agent for prickly acacia, Acacia nilotica subsp. indica (Benth.) Brenan (family Mimosaceae). The insect was then tested on 30 plant species presented to neonate larvae as a no-choice cut foliage test and 13 plant species presented as a no-choice potted plant test. In these tests the insect was able to complete its life cycle on 13 native Acacia spp. and also on Acacia farnesiana and the exotic ornamental Delonix regia (family Caesalpiniaceae). The tests supported field observations that the insect has a host range spanning many leguminous species and as such the insect could not be considered for release in Australia.
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