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


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Status of Megastigmus transvaalensis as a biocontrol agent for Schinus terebinthifolius in Hawaii

Megastigmus transvaalensis (Hymenoptera, Torymidae), a seed-feeding wasp, was accidently introduced to Hawaii from South Africa. It has been attacking seeds of Christmasberry (Schinus terebinthifolius) since the 1970s. (info from http://www.hear.org/bibliography/references/9444_hight_2002/ accessed 20091104; info as of 2002)

References for Megastigmus transvaalensis 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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