Updated Jun 14, 2019

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Biological control of Parthenium hysterophorus, an invasive weed, using Zygoramma bicolorata, a leaf eating beetle

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Biological control of Parthenium hysterophorus, an invasive weed, using Zygoramma bicolorata, a leaf eating beetle

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Amer Fayad

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Stage 5: Scaling

Focus Areas:

Agriculture

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Implemented In:

Ethiopia

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Problem

Parthenium hysterophorus is an invasive weed species in East Africa that causes damage to crop lands, grazing, biodiversity, humans, animals, meat, and milk.

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Solution

Biocontrol agents such as Zygogramma bicolorata will feed on the weed and reduce its effects on the crop lands, grazing, livestock, and it will reduce health risks to humans.

Target Beneficiaries

Farmers, the public

Innovation Description

Zygogramma bicolorata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) is a natural enemy of the weed Parthenium hysterophorus (Asteraceae) introduced from Mexico via Australia and South Africa to Ethiopia. After conducting host specificity studies, both the Ethiopian government and USAID have given approval for field release. Currently this beetle has established in the fields in a few places in Ethiopia.

Competitive Advantage

This innovation is environmentally safe.

Milestones

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New Country Implemented In
Ethiopia

Supporting Materials

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