melaleuca

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melaleuca

any shrub or tree of the mostly Australian myrtaceous genus Melaleuca, found in sandy or swampy regions
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The TAME Melaleuca Project was created in 2001 by the Agricultural Research Service.
Melaleuca, introduced to South Florida in the late 19th century, quickly became a water-hogging pest, drying up wetlands and causing fire hazards with its oily leaves.
The beneficial fly, a member of the Fergusonina genus, is a natural enemy of melaleuca, or paper bark tree.
Their laboratory, outdoor, and greenhouse tests determined that the insect attacks melaleuca exclusively and poses no risk to other plants.
His team was the first to single out the insect, nicknamed the "melaleuca bud gall fly" as a potential natural control of the aggressive melaleuca.
"We found that this Fergusonina species is unlikely to survive and reproduce on any species other than Melaleuca quinquenervia, the plant that's on the move in Florida" Goolsby says.
The flies made the 9,200-mile trip inside melaleuca galls.
To learn more about the Fergusobia nematode and--most importantly--to ensure it allies only with the Fergusonina fly that attacks Melaleuca quinquenervia, ARS entomologist Ted D.
"In the fly-nematode partnership" Giblin-Davis explains, "the female fly helps ensure the nematode's survival by carrying nematode young in her ovaries and depositing them-- along with her own eggs--into melaleuca buds.
While in the melaleuca buds, the nematodes develop into females that reproduce without mating.
To find out if other flies and their nematode partners inhabit Melaleuca quinquenervia, Giblin-Davis traveled more than 8,000 miles through Australia, collecting flies and nematodes from melaleuca, eucalyptus, and other closely related plants.