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Air Potato Leaf Beetle

Dining exclusively on a diet of the Air Potato vine, Lilioceris cheni has been successfully released on private and public lands in Florida starting in 2011 after exhaustive reseach to determine the insect's suitability as a biological control. More information can be found on the Air Potato Biological Control website of the Hayslip Biological Control Research and Containment Laboratory, part of the Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort Pierce: Link...

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Air Potato Vine

Learn more on identifying and controlling this noxious weed that has been known to grow up to 70 feet in length and 8 inches in one day. Link...

Applying for an Air Potato Leaf Beetle Release

Researchers are currently releasing Lilioceris cheni between May and October for biological control of the dreaded Air Potato vine. To learn more about the availability and apply for a release on lands located within Indian River County (area 2), click here: Link...

Biological Control of Plant Pests

The Hayslip Biological Control Research and Containment Laboratory (BCRCL) in Fort Pierce uses classical methods to develop natural enemies to control harmful plant pests, either weeds or insects. Link...