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Posted February 16, 2021

APHIS has prepared an environmental assessment relative to permitting the release of the insects Bikasha collaris and Gadirtha fusca for the biological control of Chinese tallow tree. See: https://beta.regulations.gov/document/APHIS-2020-0035-0001 for more details. The announcement was released on January 21st. The deadline for comments is February 22, 2021.  This is an important step for a biocontrol solution against Tallow.

More information on this topic, published by the Technical Advisory Group (TAG), can be found here https://www.ars.usda.gov/southeast-area/fort-lauderdale-fl/iprl/docs/chinese-tallowtree-triadica-sebifera/ including the images below, which depict the life states of Bikasha collaris (top, left) and Gadirtha fusca (bottom, right).

                                     


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