Aquatic Plant Control Program. Technical Report 6. Biological Control of Water Hyacinth with Insect Enemies.
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS
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Present water hyacinth control programs provide at best only short-term control, and thus are of short-term benefit as far as productivity of the environment is concerned, whereas successful biological control will provide long-term benefits to productivity, with a concomitant reduction in the use of chemical or mechanical disturbances of the environment. Once a biological control agent is established, it becomes an integral part of the environment and as such may properly be considered a self-renewable resource, and a beneficial addition to our environment. It is a hope that Neochetina eichhorniae will prove to be just that, and that it will, alone or in conjunction with other native or introduced natural enemies, bring about the alleviation of the problems caused by water hyacinth in the southeastern United States. Author