What’s New in Biological Control of Weeds? Issue 68
In this issue
International Weed Biocontrol Symposium
In March around 155 weed biocontrol practitioners from 24 countries descended on Kruger National Park, South Africa, for the 14th International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds (ISBCW).
South Africa Scores a Century
Biocontrol of weeds got underway in South Africa in 1913 with the introduction of a cochineal insect (Dactylopius ceylonicus) to combat an invasive cactus called drooping prickly pear (Opuntia monacantha). It was to be the start of great things.
Whodunnit? Solving the Case of the Disappearing St John’s Wort
Although we are often able to provide simple data showing that weeds decline once biocontrol agents are released, this may not provide sufficiently robust evidence of cause and effect for other scientists reviewing our work.
Data Diving Provides Pearls of Wisdom
Being able to accurately predict the likely field host-range of potential biocontrol agents is critical.