Purpose: Biological Control of melaleuca (Melaleuca quinquenervia), Old World climbing fern
(Lygodium microphyllum), and downy rose myrtle (Rhodomyrtus tomentosa)
The potential of biological control to manage Old World climbing fern
(Lygodium microphyllum), an invasive weed in Florida.
Invasive species like the climbing fern
have a negative impact on bobwhites and the habitats they depend upon by decreasing vegetation composition and structure," said Greg Hagan, Northern Bob White Coordinator and Director at FWC.
Austromusotima, a new musotimine genus (Lepidoptera:Crambidae) feeding on Old World climbing fern
(Lygodium microphyllum (Schizacaceae).
Saving the side yard for last, Rubie begins a tour of her incredible gardens with the patio, which is more like a richly decorated room, with its scored and stained concrete "floor" and an arbor "ceiling" thickly covered in black-eyed Susan vine, climbing fern
, and, remarkably, a potato vine bearing potatoes.
The development of the complex leaves of the climbing fern
Lygodium has been described in a series of papers (Mueller, 1982a, 1982b, 1983).
Establishment of an imported natural enemy, Neomusotima conspurcatalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) against an invasive weed, Old World climbing fern
, Lygodium microphyllum, in Florida.
For more than 12 years, ARS scientists and cooperators have been on a quest to control Old World climbing fern
, one of the most invasive plants in all of Florida and a large threat to the prized Florida Everglades.
On a recent flight over the Everglades, Tony Pernas looked down and saw the encroaching enemy, the deadly Old World climbing fern
, smothering native species and appearing poised to destroy an ecosystem.
Mating biology of Austromusotima camptozonale (Lepidoptera: Crambidae), a potential biological control agent of Old world climbing fern
, Lygodium microphyllum (Schizaeaceae).
These small, tan-colored mites are, the scientists' studies have shown, top candidates for the big job of fighting Old World climbing fern
Old World climbing fern
likely arrived in Florida through the ornamental plant trade and was first reported naturalized in Florida in 1968 (Beckner 1968).
A team of two tiny moths might help stop the spread of Old World climbing fern
, an aggressive vine that's on the march in central and south Florida.
Br (Polypodiales: Lygodiaceae), Old World climbing fern
, is native to wet tropical and subtropical areas of the Old World.
Goolsby, "We're finding out whether any of these organisms could be safely imported into the United States to help stop the spread of invasive, exotic plants, like Old World climbing fern