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Biological control of Parthenium hysterophorus, an invasive weed, using Listronotus setosipennis, a stem boring weevil

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Biological control of Parthenium hysterophorus, an invasive weed, using Listronotus setosipennis, a stem-boring weevil.

ipmil.cired.vt.edu

Amer Fayad

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Stage 5: Scaling

Focus Areas:

Agriculture

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Implemented In:

Ethiopia

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Problem

Parthenium hysterophorus is an invasive weed species in East Africa that causes damage to crop lands, grazing, biodiversity, humans, animals, meat, and milk.

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Solution

Biocontrol agents such as Listronotus setosipennis will feed on the weed and reduce its effects on the crop lands, grazing, livestock, and will reduce health risks to humans.

Target Beneficiaries

Farmers, the public

Innovation Description

Listronotus setosipennis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) is another natural enemy of the weed Parthenium hysterophorus (Asteraceae) introduced from Mexico via Australia and South Africa to Ethiopia. After conducting host specificity studies, both the Ethiopian government and USAID have given approval for field release. Currently this weevil has established in the fields in a few places in Ethiopia.

Competitive Advantage

This innovation is environmentally safe.

Milestones

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New Country Implemented In
Ethiopia

Supporting Materials

FTF-Parthenium-success-story-orientation-null.pdf