Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR) Dasineura gigantea as a biocontrol agent
for Psidium cattleianum in Hawaii


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Information and references regarding Dasineura gigantea as a biocontrol agent for Psidium cattleianum in Hawaii are provided here. For further information, contact webmaster@hear.org.


Status of Dasineura gigantea as a biocontrol agent for Psidium cattleianum in Hawaii

The dipteran Dasineura gigantea infests terminal and lateral buds of flushing shoots of Psidium cattleianum (strawberry guava) causing the formation of bud galls, precocious developments of the bud that terminate shoot growth. This agent was considered promising because it stunts the strawberry guava trees and has a wide ecological range. (info from http://www.hear.org/bibliography/references/9453_smith_2002/; info as of 2000)

References for Dasineura gigantea as a biocontrol agent for Psidium cattleianum in Hawaii

Strawberry guava (Psidium cattleianum): prospects for biological control
Smith, Clifford W. and Charles Wikler. 2002. Strawberry guava (Psidium cattleianum): prospects for biological control. pp. 108-116 in Smith, Clifford W., Julie Denslow, and Stephen Hight (eds). 2002. Proceedings of workshop on biological control of native ecosystems in Hawaii. Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Botany) Technical Report 129. 122 pages. from http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/faculty/duffy/techr/129.pdf accessed 16 March 2008. (http://www.hear.org/bibliography/references/9453_smith_2002/)


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