Let the defoliation begin

Tamarisk: David Brandt

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Tamarisk (Tamarix spp.) is a shrubby species arrived from Eurasia which has proved highly invasive to, and disruptive of, Western riparian habitats. Its natural consumer, the Tamarisk Beetle (Diorhabda spp.), was first introduced by scientists to select areas in 2001 in order to set back the invasive plant which sometimes goes by the name Salt Cedar. In today’s edition of the Desert Valley Times, Bob Challinor reports that the insects have made their way to the Virgin River watershed near the mouth of Lake Mead where area residents will be able to witness what sorts of effects will result from this sometimes controversial new effort in bio-control. Read more here.

Beetle: Dan Bean, Colorado Department of Agriculture
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