Evaluation of Cactoblastis cactorum (Lepidoptera: Phycitidae) as a biological control agent of Opuntia stricta (Cactaceae) in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.

@inproceedings{Hoffmann1998EvaluationOC,
  title={Evaluation of Cactoblastis cactorum (Lepidoptera: Phycitidae) as a biological control agent of Opuntia stricta (Cactaceae) in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.},
  author={John H. Hoffmann and Ver{\'o}nica Mor{\'a}n and D. A. Zeller},
  year={1998}
}
Opuntia stricta is an increasing problem in South Africa’s premier wildlife reserve, the Kruger National Park, where the weed continues to disperse and has formed many dense, impenetrable thickets, some of which extend over several hectares. Although herbicidal control measures are being used to help control the weed, a biological control program was initiated in 1988 when Cactoblastis cactorum was introduced into the park. A primary objective in the control of O. stricta is to prevent fruit… CONTINUE READING

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