|Wesley R. Elsberry
Joined: May 2002
Battle of the bugs (Independent, UK, 2002/10/14)
|Earlier this year, scientists took the decision to deliberately introduce a ladybird from Australia to the Galapagos in order to curb the continuing expansion of the cottony cushion scale insect. This pest, whose presence on the islands was first reported in 1982, has over the past 20 years become enemy number one for 19 Galapagos plants, including six endangered species, of which two are on the verge of extinction.|
This is the first use of biocontrol in the Galapagos Islands. The article touches upon the testing and evaluation process.
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