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Field Colonization of the Melaleuca Snout Beetle (Oxyops vitiosa) in South Florida
Abstract The Australian melaleuca snout beetle, Oxyops vitiosa Pascoe, a biological control agent of Melaleuca quinquenervia (Cav.) S. T. Blake, was first released in south Florida during springExpand
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Selection on Herbivory Resistance and Growth Rate in an Invasive Plant
The evolution of increased competitive ability (EICA) hypothesis proposes that invasive species evolve decreased defense and increased competitive ability following natural enemy release. PreviousExpand
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No evolution of increased competitive ability or decreased allocation to defense in Melaleuca quinquenervia since release from natural enemies
If invasive plants are released from natural enemies in their introduced range, they may evolve decreased allocation to defense and increased growth, as predicted by the evolution of increasedExpand
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Hybrid Vigor for the Invasive Exotic Brazilian Peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolius Raddi., Anacardiaceae) in Florida
How can successful invaders overcome reduced genetic variation via small founder population sizes to persist, thrive, and successfully adapt to a new set of environmental conditions? An expandingExpand
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Predation by phytoseiid mites on Tetranychus lintearius (Acari: Tetranychidae), an established weed biological control agent of gorse (Ulex europaeus)
Development of trophic relationships among introduced biological control agents and native (or introduced) parasitoids, predators, or pathogens can interfere with successful establishment, spread,Expand
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The genetic consequences of a demographic bottleneck in an introduced biological control insect
Population bottlenecks may result in the loss of genetic diversity, with potentially negative consequences for species of interest in conservation biology, including rare species, invasive speciesExpand
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Herbivory by Introduced Insects Reduces Growth and Survival of Melaleuca quinquenervia Seedlings
Abstract We studied the influence of herbivory by two introduced insect herbivores on the survival and performance of seedlings of Melaleuca quinquenervia (Cav.) Blake (Myrtaceae), an invasive treeExpand
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Insects and a pathogen suppress Melaleuca quinquenervia cut-stump regrowth in Florida ☆
Utilization of multiple natural enemy species in weed biocontrol programs has often been advocated. Herein, we tested the hypothesis that multiple guilds of natural enemies, rather than individualExpand
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Plant-Related Factors Influence the Effectiveness of Neoseiulus fallacis (Acari: Phytoseiidae), a Biological Control Agent of Spider Mites on Landscape Ornamental Plants
Abstract The predatory mite Neoseiulus fallacis (Garman) was evaluated as a biological control agent of herbivorous mites on outdoor-grown ornamental landscape plants. To elucidate factors that mayExpand
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Geographic Distribution and Regional Impacts of Oxyops vitiosa (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) and Boreioglycaspis melaleucae (Hemiptera: Psyllidae), Biological Control Agents of the Invasive Tree
ABSTRACT The invasive tree Melaleuca quinquenervia (Cav.) Blake is widely distributed throughout peninsular Florida and poses a significant threat to species diversity in the wetland systems of theExpand
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