Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR) Heteroperreyia hubrichi as a biocontrol agent
for Schinus terebinthifolius in Hawaii


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Status of Heteroperreyia hubrichi as a biocontrol agent for Schinus terebinthifolius in Hawaii

Heteroperreyia hubrichi (Hymenoptera, Pergidae), a foliage feeding sawfly from Brazil, has been studied in quarantine for its suitability as a biocontrol agent for Christmasberry (Schinus terebinthifolius). Host specificity of the sawfly was evaluated using 20 species from 10 plant families. The sawfly laid eggs on the native Hawaiian tree Rhus sandwicensis, but only 1% of larvae developed, compared to 70% development on the target species. Risk to all other test species was considered negligible. Because of the potential risk to Rhus sandwicensis, no request for release for the sawfly was made. (info from http://www.hear.org/bibliography/references/9444_hight_2002/ accessed 20091104; info as of 2002)

References for Heteroperreyia hubrichi as a biocontrol agent for Schinus terebinthifolius in Hawaii

Host specificity and risk assessment of Heteroperryia hubrichi, a potential classical biological control agent of christmasberry (Schinus terebinthifolius) in Hawaii
Hight, Stephen D. 2002. Host specificity and risk assessment of Heteroperryia hubrichi, a potential classical biological control agent of christmasberry (Schinus terebinthifolius) in Hawaii. pp 30-44 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/9444_hight_2002/)


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