Friday, May 26, 2006

Water Primrose: Aquatic Invader Targeted

Lovely but troublesome, a yellow-flowered plant called water primrose ranks as a prime target of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists who want to squelch the spread of this water invader. Cristina Hernández at the agency’s South American Biological Control Laboratory in Hurlingham, Argentina, leads the search for weevils and other natural enemies of the invasive plant.Candidate critters that pass rigorous tests to ensure they attack only water primrose--and not someone’s prized roses, for instance--may someday be approved for use in the United States to attack the aquatic weed.

Today, water primrose (Ludwigia species) that are native to South America infest ponds, lakes, streams, rivers, canals and reservoirs on both East and West coasts of the United States--as well as some inland sites.The plant crowds out native vegetation and clogs waterways, which can lead to flooding not only of growers’ fields, orchards or vineyards, but also riparian parks, nature preserves and more.

The research, a resumption of studies begun in the 1970s, should help the health not only of waterways but of people and animals, too. That’s because water primrose presents a haven for mosquitoes that could carry West Nile virus.

The virus, a relative newcomer to the United States, can infect humans, horses, birds and other forms of life.Hernández and coinvestigators--including Willie Cabrera Walsh at Hurlingham and ARS scientists based in California--have found that some weevils noted in the earlier ARS studies still show promise as potential candidates for attacking water primrose invasions in the United States.


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AGRI-INFO/MAY 26, 2006



TITLE: WATER PRIMROSE: AQUATIC INVADER TARGETED


ALAM BA NINYO NA BAGAMAN MAGANDANG TIGNAN AY ITINUTURING NAMANG PESTE ITONG ISANG URI NG HALAMAN NA TUMUTUBO SA KATUBIGAN?

ANG PRIMROSE NA MERONG KULAY DILAW NA BULAKLAK AY MAITUTURING NA PANGUNAHING TARGET NG MGA SIYENTISTA PARA MAPUKSA ANG NATURANG ITINUTURING NA WATER INVADER.

NAIS GAMITIN NG MGA EKPERTO ANG MGA INSEKTO NA MAITUTURING NA NATURAL NA KALABAN NG NATURANG INVASIVE PLANT TULAD NG WEEVILS AT IBA PANG NATURAL ENEMIES NITO.

NAIS DING MATIYAK NG MGA EKSPERTO NA ANG UUPAKAN LAMANG AY ANG PRIMROSE PLANT AT HINDI ANG MAMAHALING ROSAS NG SINUMANG NAGPAPALAKI NG MGA CUTFLOWER.

ANG WATER PRIMROSE O KABILANG SA LUDQIGIA SPECIES AY KILALANG WATER INVADER MULA SA KANAL, LOOK, ILOG MAGING SA MGA WATER RESERVOIR.

ANG TANIM NA ITO AY NAKABABARA O SAGABAL SA DALOY NG TUBIG NA NAGIGING SANHI NG PAGBAHA HINDI LAMANG SA TANIMNAN KUNDI SA IBA PANG BAHAGI NITO.

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