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Implementation of Biological Control of Tropical Soda Apple. Julio Medal 1 , Bill Overholt 1 , Nikary Bustamante 1 , Rodrigo Díaz 1 , Philip Stansly 1 , Amy Roda 2 , Divina Amalin 2 Richard Gaskalla 3 , Ken Hibbard 3 , Brent Sellers 1 , Stephen Hight 4 , & James Cuda 1

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Implementation of Biological Control of Tropical Soda Apple

Julio Medal1, Bill Overholt1, Nikary Bustamante1,

Rodrigo Díaz1, Philip Stansly1, Amy Roda2, Divina Amalin2

Richard Gaskalla3, Ken Hibbard3, Brent Sellers1,

Stephen Hight4, & James Cuda1

1University of Florida

2USDA-APHIS

3FDACS-DPI

4USDA-ARS

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Tropical Soda Apple, Solanum viarum

(Family: Solanaceae)

-Native to South America

(Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay)

-First found in Florida in 1988

->1 million acres in 11 states

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Osceola County

Hendry County

Brazil

Argentina

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Gratiana boliviana

Adult Egg Larva Pupa

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Okeechobee County

June 02, 2005Beetles Released

July 7, 2005After Beetles Released

August 23, 2007 After Beetles Released

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Polk County

May 2003

June 2007

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Sumter County

August 15, 2005Before Beetles Released

August 14, 2007After BeetlesReleased

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Sumter County

June 2006

June 2007

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Okeechobee County

May 18, 2006Beetles Released

August 23, 2007After Beetles Released

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Post Release Evaluations in Florida

-Monitoring

-Mark plants and quadrants at each location

-Changes in the target weed and Biocontrol agent recorded

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Open Field Experiment in Brazil with Platyphora sp. (Family: Chrysomelidae)

Platyphora sp.

TSA, eggplant, potato,pepper, tomato

plans for 2008
Plans For 2008
  • Increase Beetle Production
  • Additional Field Releases
  • Continue Post-Release Evaluations
  • Conclude Field-Tests in Brazil with an additional Agent (Platyphora sp.)
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