UC scientists apply IPM techniques to new eucalyptus pests
AuthorsTimothy D. Paine
Donald L. Dahlsten
Jocelyn G. Millar
Mark S. Hoddle
Lawrence M. Hanks
Authors AffiliationsT.D. Paine is Professors; J.G. Millar is Professors; M.S. Hoddle is Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, Entomology Department, UC Riverside;; D.L. Dahlsten is Professor, Center for Biological Control, UC Berkeley;; L.M. Hanks is Assistant Professor, Entomology Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The authors appreciate the assistance of William E. Chaney, A. James Downer, John N. Kabashima, Karen L. Robb and Steven Tjosvold, UC Cooperative Extension Advisors in Monterey, Ventura, Orange, San Diego, Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo counties, respectively, for their assistance in conducting the various research projects described in this review. The research was funded by a wide range of sources, including the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program.
Hilgardia 54(6):8-13. DOI:10.3733/ca.v054n06p8. November 2000.
Eucalyptus trees have been important components of the California urban landscape for almost 150 years. Until 1984, they were free of both insect and disease pests. In the last 16 years, however, a series of herbivorous insect species have been introduced into the state, probably accidentally, causing significant damage to the trees. Research programs have provided solutions to some of these pest problems, but more pests are continually introduced, recently the red gum lerp psyllid, the lemon gum lerp psyllid, and the eucalyptus tortoise beetle. Scientists are developing new strategies to control the recent invaders in concert with existing pest management programs, integrating methods across broad geographic, horticultural and economic scales.
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