Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR) Apion ulicis as a biocontrol agent
for Ulex europaeus in Hawaii


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Status of Apion ulicis as a biocontrol agent for Ulex europaeus in Hawaii

Apion ulicis, a weevil which attacks gorse seeds in pods, was released in 1984 as a biocontrol for gorse (Ulex europaeus) on Hawaii Island. It had previously been released on Maui where it became established. The weevil attacked up to 78% of gorse pods, but did not noticeably affect the spread of gorse. (info from http://www.hear.org/bibliography/references/9446_markin_2002/ accessed 20091104; info as of 2000)

References for Apion ulicis as a biocontrol agent for Ulex europaeus in Hawaii

Biological control of gorse in Hawaii: a program review
Markin, George P., Patrick Conant, Eloise Killgore, and Ernest Yoshioka. 2002. Biological control of gorse in Hawaii: a program review. pp. 53-1 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/9446_markin_2002/)


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