RE: NANFA-- Biocontrol of water hyacinth in West Africa

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Wed, 7 May 2003 14:48:40 -0500

Mysteryman wrote:
>>>Now watch, some goober is going to get the idea to introduce them to

Jan writes:
If the beetles are Neochetina, then they are already in Florida. They were
introduced in the 1970s. You can read about them here:
The beetles are very tiny but evidence of their mining is pretty obvious on
plants. To my knowledge, they are extremely host-specific to water

Thirty years ago I needed specimens for a student project and a biologist
with the state of Florida was kind enough to send me some pinned specimens.
A few weeks ago, I re-discovered those specimens and they are still in good
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