Failure of the beetle Haltica carduorum as a biocontrol agent of creeping thistle Cirsium arvense; field trials at Silwood Park, Berkshire, England, and Glamorgan, Wales

  • Published source details Baker C.R.B., Blackman R.L. & Claridge M.F. (1972) Studies on Haltica carduorum Guerin (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) an alien beetle released in Britain as a contribution to the biological control of creeping thistle, Cirsium arvense (L.) Scop. Journal of Applied Ecology, 9, 819-830


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Control weeds without damaging other plants in conservation areas

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Farmland Conservation
  1. Control weeds without damaging other plants in conservation areas

    A series of replicated experiments in the UK from 1969 to 1971 (Baker et al. 1972) tested the suitability of the non-native herbivorous beetle Haltica carduorum as a biocontrol agent for the injurious weed, creeping thistle Cirsium arvense, and found it unsuitable due to low survival in the UK climate.


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