Parkinsonia aculeata, Biological control agents
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One of the most troublesome weeds in northern Australia'a lastoral country is Parkinsonia aculeata, commonly called Parkinsonia, Jerusalem Thorn, Palo Verde or Retama. In 983 Western Australia, ueensland and the Northern Territory started a joint biological control programme against this perst by sending the author overseas to search for its natural predators in southern USA, Mexico and Central America. A few insects show promise and one, a bruchid beetle Mimosetes ulkei, is being tested under Quarantine in Queensland.
Woods, W M.
"Biological control of Parkinsonia,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 27:
3, Article 3.
Available at: https://library.dpird.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol27/iss3/3