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Native US parasitoids suppress LBAM

Native Californian parasitoids are already exploiting an invasive Australian pest, the light brown apple moth (LBAM - Epiphyas postvittana), according to results from a study by researchers from the US University of California (Berkeley). The leaf-roller moth feeds on pome, stone and citrus fruit, grapevines and berry crops. Since it was first identified in California in 2007, federal and state agencies have spent more than $70 million in an effort to eradicate it. Their focus is shifting to control. If the pest becomes established and expands its range to agricultural areas, it could cost growers more than $130 million a year in damaged crops.


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