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Weeding out invasive species with classical biological control
Date:4/18/2012

cides that may contaminate ground water, rivers or the ocean through runoff. Aside from the environmental damage herbicides may cause, they have proven ineffective in containing the spread of mikania.

Live spores of P. spegazzinii will be cultivated on Guam for release into the field. Dr. Reddy fully expects the fungus to thrive in the hot humid conditions on the island and reduce the severity of the mile-a-minute infestation. The rust fungus will also be released in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

Protecting the region's natural environment from the devastating effects of invasive species is an important part of the work carried out by Dr. Reddy and his team.


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Contact: Olympia Terral
olympia.uog@gmail.com
University of Guam
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