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Acythopeus burkhartorum
(Curculionidae)

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Taxonomy & nomenclature

Acythopeus burkhartorum information from ITIS
The Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS provides authoritative taxonomic information on Acythopeus burkhartorum, as well as other plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.


Risk assessments

Field release of Acythopeus burkhartorum (Coleoptera:Curculionidae), a non-indigenous weevil for control of ivy gourd, Coccinia grandis (Cucurbitaceae), in Guam and Northern Mariana Islands View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
The environmental assessment of proposed biocontrol of ivy gourd was prepared by USDA APHIS (2004).


Biocontrol (potential for use as)

Introductions for biological control in Hawaii 1997-2001 View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
The introduction of 16 insect and five fungal species to control six weeds and four insect pests in Hawaii from 1997-2001 is discussed in a paper by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (Proceedings Hawaiian Entomological Society, 2003).

Biological control of ivy gourd, Coccinia grandis (Cucurbitaceae), in Hawaii
Chun, Marianne E. 2002. Biological control of ivy gourd, Coccinia grandis (Cucurbitaceae), in Hawaii. pp. 8-12 in Smith, Clifford W., Julie Denslow, and Stephen Hight (eds). 2002. Proceedings of workshop on biological control of native ecosystems in Hawaii. Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Botany) Technical Report 129. 122 pages. from http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/faculty/duffy/techr/129.pdf accessed 16 March 2008.

Introductions for biological control in Hawaii 1997-2001
Culliney, Thomas W., Walter T. Nagamine, and Kenneth K. Teramoto. 2003. Introductions for biological control in Hawaii 1997-2001. Proc. Hawaiian Entomol. Soc. (2003) 36:145-153.

Acythopeus burkhartorum information (biocontrol in Hawaii) from HEAR.org
Information about Acythopeus burkhartorum as it is relevant to biocontrol (biological control) efforts in Hawaii is provided by the Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR).

Biological control of ivy gourd, Coccinia grandis (Cucurbitaceae), in Hawaii View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
Three insect biologlcal control agents collected in Kenya have been introduced into Hawaii to combat the exotic weed ivy gourd (Coccinia grandis). The clearwing moth, Melittia oedipus, was released in 1996. The larvae of this moth bore into the mature vines and roots of ivy gourd. It is now established in Hawaii. Two additional agents, which belong to a group known as the African melon weevils, were released in 1999. The first, Acythopeus burkhartorum, forms galls on young shoots. The second, Acythopeus cocciniae, mines ivy gourd leaves. Aspects of the project--including host range testing--are discussed. (adapted from the abstract)


Full-text articles

Proceedings of workshop on biological control of native ecosystems in Hawaii
Smith, Clifford W., Julie Denslow, and Stephen Hight (eds.) . 2002. Proceedings of workshop on biological control of native ecosystems in Hawaii. Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Botany) Technical Report 129. 122 pages.

Biological control of ivy gourd, Coccinia grandis (Cucurbitaceae), in Hawaii
Chun, Marianne E. 2002. Biological control of ivy gourd, Coccinia grandis (Cucurbitaceae), in Hawaii. pp. 8-12 in Smith, Clifford W., Julie Denslow, and Stephen Hight (eds). 2002. Proceedings of workshop on biological control of native ecosystems in Hawaii. Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Botany) Technical Report 129. 122 pages. from http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/faculty/duffy/techr/129.pdf accessed 16 March 2008.

Introductions for biological control in Hawaii 1997-2001
Culliney, Thomas W., Walter T. Nagamine, and Kenneth K. Teramoto. 2003. Introductions for biological control in Hawaii 1997-2001. Proc. Hawaiian Entomol. Soc. (2003) 36:145-153.


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