Biotic interference of biological control of purple loosestrife

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2005-01-01
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Obrycki, John
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Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
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Iowa State University has reared and released two European leaf-feeding beetle species to control purple loosestrife in Iowa wetlands. Expected reductions in loosestrife have not occurred, and biotic mortality factors may explain the failure of the beetles to curb the loosestrife.

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