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Air Potato Leaf Beetles

UF/IFAS Extension St Lucie County weed biological control agent projects over the years

Natural resource management has been my area of expertise at the UF/IFAS Extension St Lucie County.  Invasive plant management has been a persistent issue needing my attention.  Fortunately for Floridians, UF/IFAS research and extension faculty are working with federal, state and local partners on solutions.  The use of biological control agents in our invasive plant management plans are an innovative way to improve management of pest plants.  Their use can lead to improved safety, management, water quality and reduced dependency on synthetic herbicides and costs.

Here are some of the biological control agents I’ve worked with at the UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County.

Oxyops vitiosa – melaleuca weevil – Learn More

Melaleuca Weevil

Oxyops vitiosa photo credits: K. Gioeli

Gratiana boliviana – Tropical soda apple beetle – Learn More

Tropical Soda Apple Beetle

Gratiana boliviana – tropical soda apple beetle photo credits: K. Gioeli

Lilioceris cheni – Air potato leaf beetle – Learn More

Air Potato Leaf Beetles

Air potato leaf beetle photo credits: K. Gioeli

Pseudophilothrips ichini – Brazilian peppertree thrips – Learn More

Pseudophilothrips ichini

Pseudophilothrips ichini – Brazilian peppertree thrips photo credits: C. Minteer