, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 77-85

A fresh view on the control of the annual plant Senecio vulgaris

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Abstract

The life historyof the annual weed Senecio vulgaris is described, as are theeffects of pathogens and insects on the plant. Using this basicknowledge, the use of the rust fungus Puccinia lagenophorae andthe moth Tyria jacobaeae for control of S. vulgaris following thesystem management approach is discussed. The successfulapplication of the system management approach of biological weedcontrol requires a thorough knowledge of the interactions ofplant--natural enemies--environment--man. The available knowledgeabout this kind of interaction is discussed with respect to thebiological control of S. vulgaris