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    Author(s): Judith Hough-Goldstein
    Date: 2007
    Source: In: Gottschalk, Kurt W., ed. Proceedings, 17th U.S. Department of Agriculture interagency research forum on gypsy moth and other invasive species 2006; Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-10. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 55.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report - Proceedings
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    Description

    Mile-a-minute weed (Polygonum perfoliatum L.) is an annual vine indigenous to parts of Asia, introduced into the eastern United States in the 1930s and now established throughout much of the Northeast. Infestations can cause failure of tree regeneration and may reduce native plant species in natural areas. A Chinese weevil, Rhinoncomimus latipes Korotyaev, was determined to be host specific to mile-a-minute weed, and a permit for field release was obtained from USDA/APHIS in July of 2004. Mass rearing of this insect is currently under way at the Phillip Alampi Beneficial Insects Laboratory, Trenton, NJ.

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    Hough-Goldstein, Judith. 2007. Biological control of mile-a-minute weed, Polygonum perfoliatum: first release of the Chinese weevil, Rhinoncomimus latipes. In: Gottschalk, Kurt W., ed. Proceedings, 17th U.S. Department of Agriculture interagency research forum on gypsy moth and other invasive species 2006; Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-10. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 55.

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