Video shows how parasitic wasps saved native Wiliwili trees in Hawai’i from extinction : Kauai Now

Biocontrol, a process where carefully selected living organisms are used to control invasive species, has helped save the native Wiliwili tree from the brink of extinction. A new animated video, by the Hawai'i Division of Forestry and Wildlife in collaboration with the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species, shows how biocontrol has worked for Wiliwili trees and how biocontrol can continue to be an important tool in managing invasive species in the state. The native Wiliwili tree in Hawai'i has been saved from the brink of extinction by biocontrol using small parasitic wasps that prey on wasps. Photo courtesy: Department of Land and Natural ResourcesIn 2005, a new pest, the gall wasp, made its way to Hawai'i and quickly spread across the state, killing or seriously injuring nearly all of…
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