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Biological Control of Saltcedar
The saltcedar is an exotic, invasive shrub or small tree found throughout Texas. The invasive plant forms dense stands along rivers and streams and degrades water and land resources. This fact sheet, published by Texas AgriLife Extension, explores the use of leaf beetles as a biological control. The leaf beetles cause defoliation, eventually killing the tree and allowing the growth of forage grasses. The fact sheet describes the three species of saltcedar leaf beetles, their biology, life cycle and impact as biological control agents.
Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) OS10-053, Biological Control of Saltcedar on West Texas Ranches Conserves Forage and Water Resources
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