Are beetles and microbes the key to overcoming famine weed?
Zygogramma bicolorata severely defoliated attacked Parthenium hysterophorus leaves, reducing photosynthesis by ~36%. Whilst undamaged leaves partially compensated for herbivory by up-regulating photosynthesis by ~11%. (Graphic by Blair Cowie)

Are beetles and microbes the key to overcoming famine weed?

A paper published in the journal Biological Control showed that leaf-feeding beetles may be one of South Africa’s most promising biocontrol agents for famine weed.

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