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BBC News reports on a BUG that eats knott weed.

So will this work or cause a completely differant problem?

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I saw that too Paul... It is always a bit of a worry, when trying to eradicate one dangerous non-indigenous species, the experts decide to introduce another. Anyone else old enough to remember a certain 'potato wrecking' beetle?

They say this little Far-eastern visitor only likes a yummy bit of Knot Weed... I am a bit concerned it may find it's tastes developing as time passes - and it has eaten all of the blessed stuff...

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always get a little nervous when they do these things, im sure it eats to death some other native life they havent thought of. then we'll have to release a knot weed eating bug, eating bug.

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Here's the link from the BBC

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8163730.stm

for anyone who may have missed it this morning.

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Well if it is researched properly and it ONLY does what it says on the tin, it could be a welcome awnser eh?


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What happens when it has eaten all the knotweed? I guess it will just die out, not.


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Simples.

Only release male bugs.

No mummy bugs, no baby bugs.

Now just need a volunteer or two for bug sexing duties.

HTH

David

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If they prove to be a problem, I'm sure a few cane toads will sort it out  Evil Grin

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exactly Dave, nature finds a way, and after they have munched all the knotweed they will learn to adapt and munch something else. Even releasing only males would offer no assurance, many insects (and amphibians) can change sex if there is an imbalance in the population.

Anyway, how do you tell the sex of a Japanese Knotweed Eating Bug?

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quote:"......
Anyway, how do you tell the sex of a Japanese Knotweed Eating Bug?
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That's easy.  Just ask it!
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