, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 37–42 | Cite as

ACactoblastis [Lep.: Phycitidae] for the biological control ofEriocereus martinii [Cactaceae] in Australia

  • R. E. McFadyen


ACactoblastis sp. was found on Harrisia cactus (Eriocereus martinii Lab.) in north-eastern Argentina. In biology and life history it is similar toCactoblastis cactorum (Berg.) though attacking different cacti. Laboratory tests and field observations demonstrate that it will only damage plants in the sub-tribeCereanae of theCactaceae. It was approved for liberation in Queensland, Australia in August 1975 for the control ofEriocereus spp., and field releases were made in October 1978.


Laboratory Test Life History Plant Pathology Biological Control Field Observation 
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Une nouvelle espèce deCactoblastis attaque les cactusEriocereus spp. dans le nord-est de l'Argentine. Sa biologie ressemble beaucoup à celle deCactoblastis cactorum, mais elle attaque d'autres types de cactus. Des expériences en laboratoire et des observations dans la nature montrent qu'elle ne nuit qu'aux plantes de la sous-tribu desCereanae de la famille desCactaceae. Elle a été approuvée pour la libération au Queensland, Australie, en août 1975, pour la lutte contreEriocereus spp., et on l'a lâché dans les champs en septembre 1978.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. E. McFadyen
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  1. 1.Commonwealth Institute of Biological ControlTucumanArgentina

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