U.S. Halts Use of Beetle to Attack Tamarisk

New York Times: Got an alien invader plant species? Unleash an alien insect invader to fight back. One invader eats the other, and then abracadabra: problem solved. That was the theory, anyway. But the United States Department of Agriculture this month quietly ended its involvement in a five-year-old program intended to reduce an invasive alien tree species in the West -- the saltcedar, or tamarisk -- using an equally alien invasive beetle from Kazakhstan, the saltcedar leaf beetle, which loves to ......

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