Mikania micrantha, a sprawling composite vine native to the Neotropical Region, is an important weed of plantation crops in South-East Asia. A survey and assessment of its natural enemies in the Neotropical Region revealed 9 major natural enemies and over 20 minor ones. The biology of the 9 major natural enemies, Acalitus sp., Liothrips mikaniae (Priesn.), Teleonemia sp., Desmogramma conjuncta Bechyne, Physimerus pygmaeus Jacoby, Omoplata spp., Apion luteirostre Gerst. and Pseudoderelomus baridiiformis Champ. is described, and notes are given on the minor ones. The prospects for control of the weed are considered reasonable, and it is suggested that L. mikaniae should be introduced into South-East Asia.
Cock, M. J. W. Potential biological control agents forMikania micrantha HBK from the Neotropical region. Tropical Pest Management (1982) 28 (3) 242-254. [DOI: 10.1080/09670878209370717]