“Could a tiny insect halt the invasion of Japanese knotweed?” [YahooGroup Archive]

Could a tiny insect halt the invasion of Japanese knotweed?

The government believes it has found a way to stop the spread of Japanese
knotweed in Britain

Patrick Barkham The Guardian, Friday 14 August 2009 Article history
Japanese knotweed is infesting the countryside and cities alike, and appears to
relish our warming climate. The cost of eradicating the plant from Britain was
put at £1.56bn in 2003. Today, faced by estimates that its clearance would cost
£2.6bn, the government has unveiled a tiny – and unprecedented – new solution,
just 2mm in size: a species of jumping plant lice.

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