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Lymantria dispar larvae killed by Entomophaga maimaiga fungus

Meet the Fungus That Slows the Spread of an Invasive Moth

One of the best tools for forest entomologists to manage outbreaks of the moth Lymantria dispar is a fungus, native to Japan, that was discovered in the U.S. in 1989. Entomophaga maimaiga can be spread via soil containing its spores or infected L. dispar larvae.

eupatorium gall fly (Procecidochares utilis)

Study Shows Elevation Affects Fly’s Use as Natural Enemy of Invasive Weed

In Nepal, the gall-inducing eupatorium gall fly (Procecidochares utilis) is deployed as a biological control agent against the invasive weed Ageratina adenophora. A new study by researchers at Tribhuvan University and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management shows size and abundance of galls induced by the fly are influenced by elevation, knowledge that can help in fine-tuning P. utilis-based biocontrol efforts.

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