The White Amur as a Biological Control Agent of Aquatic Weeds in the Panama Canal.
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS
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The Panama Canal has been plagued with both floating and submerged aquatic weeds since its opening. Although more and more money has been spent on herbicides over the years, the weed problem has increased. In February 1978, the Panama Canal Company introduced the white amur fish, Ctenopharyngodon idella Val., as a biological tool to control the submerged macrophyte, hydrilla, to Gatun Lake, the large freshwater reservoir through which the majority of the length of the Canal passes.
- Agronomy, Horticulture and Aquiculture