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Keyword: biological weed control

Lack of native vegetation recovery following biological control of leafy spurge

Publications Posted on: September 17, 2010
Leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula L.) is an aggressive exotic species that has been successfully suppressed in a variety of situations using classical biological control (flea beetles; Aphthona spp.). This 9-yr study investigated patterns of vegetation responses following significant reductions in leafy spurge cover and density by flea beetles in southeastern Montana.

Efficacy of flea beetle control of leafy spurge in Montana and South Dakota

Publications Posted on: July 19, 2007
Black (Aphthona lacertosa and Aphthona czwalinae) and brown (Aphthona nigriscutis) flea beetles are among the more successful biological control agents used in the control and management of leafy spurge on a relatively large scale in the Northern Great Plains.