Study

Biological control of saltcedar (Tamarix spp.) by saltcedar leaf beetles (Diorhabda spp.): Effects on small mammals

  • Published source details Longland W.S. (2014) Biological control of saltcedar (Tamarix spp.) by saltcedar leaf beetles (Diorhabda spp.): Effects on small mammals. Western North American Naturalist, 74, 378-385

Actions

This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Remove/control non-native plants

Action Link
Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Remove/control non-native plants

    A replicated study in 2001–2012 in three sites in Nevada, USA (Longland 2014) found that control of introduced saltcedar Tamarix ramosissima, did not change small mammal species richness. Ten years after saltcedar control commenced, small mammal species richness (3–6 species) was similar to that when control started (3–7 species). Small mammals were trapped annually in May or June for three consecutive nights between 2001 and 2011–2012 at three sites along waterways. An additional trapping period of three nights was conducted in July or August 2001–2004 at one site, and 2001–2006 at two sites. Each night at each site, 2–4 parallel rows of 25 Sherman® live traps, baited with wild birdseed mix, were set with 10 m between traps and 25–100 m between rows. Saltcedar was controlled by leaf beetles Diorhabda spp. released at the sites in 2001–2002.

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