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Air Potato Biological Control Photo Gallery

Research and extension faculty with UF/IFAS have reached successful completion of the five-year Air Potato Biological Control Extension Program. This program began in 2014 as an initiative by the UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center and the UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County in collaboration with Extension offices and partner agencies throughout Florida. The focus of the project involved the statewide introduction of air potato leaf beetles, Lilioceris cheni (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), and teaching residents how to use the insect to manage the invasive air potato (Dioscorea bulbifera). Floridians struggled to control this invasive vine which can grow up to eight inches per day and smother native vegetation. This UF/IFAS research and extension program was paired with a mass rearing effort and distribution process that helped citizens throughout Florida. Researchers at USDA ARS are credited for discovering L. cheni as a viable biological control agent for air potato.

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Air Potato Leaf Beetle Eggs

Air Potato Leaf Beetle Eggs Photo Credits: K. Gioeli

 

 

 


Air Potato Leaf Beetle Larva

Air Potato Leaf Beetle Larva Photo Credits: K. Gioeli

Air Potato Leaf Beetle Larva

Air Potato Leaf Beetle Larva Photo Credits: K. Gioeli


Air Potato Leaf Beetle Pupa

Air Potato Leaf Beetle Pupa Photo Credits: K. Gioeli

Air Potato Leaf Beetle Pupa

Air Potato Leaf Beetle Pupa Photo Credits: K. Gioeli


Air Potato Leaf Beetle Adult

Air Potato Leaf Beetle Adult Photo Credits: K. Gioeli

Air Potato Leaf Beetle Adult

Air Potato Leaf Beetle Adult Photo Credits: K. Gioeli


Project Resources
UF/IFAS Air Potato Biological Control Website

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