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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 (Ltop, leftand Gadirtha fusca (Rbottom, right).

                                     

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