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Title: Rearing and release of Megamelus scutellaris Berg (Hemiptera: Delphacidae) for biological control of waterhyacinth in 2015
Authors: Freedman, Jan E.
Harms, Nathan E.
Keywords: Water hyacinth--Biological control
Megamelus scutellaris
Publisher: Environmental Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: ERDC/TN;APCRP-BC-40
Abstract: Purpose: Waterhyacinth biological control research at the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Vicksburg, Mississippi is currently focused on the rearing and release of the delphacid planthopper, Megamelus scutellaris Berg (Hemiptera: Delphacidae), which has been in culture at the ERDC since 2010. Past failures to establish M. scutellaris were attributed to extreme summer temperatures at field sites; therefore, a putatively temperature-tolerant strain of this insect was obtained from field-established stock in Florida. This report details the performance of original and new strains of M. scutellaris in greenhouse rearing and field released colonies in 2015.
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