Biology and host range of Platyphora semiviridis, a leaf beetle evaluated as a potential biological control agent for Solanum mauritianum in South Africa

@article{Olckers2004BiologyAH,
  title={Biology and host range of Platyphora semiviridis, a leaf beetle evaluated as a potential biological control agent for Solanum mauritianum in South Africa},
  author={Terence Olckers},
  journal={BioControl},
  year={2004},
  volume={43},
  pages={225-239}
}
The South American tree Solanum mauritianum is a major environmental weed in the high-rainfall regions of South Africa and has been targeted for biological control. Potential agents included five species of the genus Platyphora, which were imported from South America in 1994. Platyphora species associated with Solanaceae reputedly have very specific habitat requirements and host plant preferences in the field. Despite this, host-specificity tests on one species, Platyphora semiviridis, revealed… CONTINUE READING