QUOTE (danmarius7 @ Mar 10 2010, 12:05 PM)
Ok, maybe the answers should be in the same post, so here I go again after Mordk:
Well done, you`ve got them both. Please let me have your LR No. by reply or in a PM.
Japanese knotweed-eating superbug to be released in UKhttp://www.regen.net/news/ByDiscipline/Env...ug-released-UK/
The Government has given the go-ahead for a plant-eating predatory insect to be released in the UK to stop the spread of the invasive Japanese knotweed plant.
Wildlife minister Huw Irranca-Davies said that the tiny insect � called a psyllid � would be released after examining the results of a consultation held last year.
The Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs says that Japanese knotweed, which is listed by the World Conservation Union as one of the world�s 100 worst invasive species, costs the UK economy more than �150 million a year to control and clear.
The plant, which was introduced in Britain by botanists in the nineteenth century as an ornamental plant, grows at a rate of up to a metre a month, including through tarmac, concrete and drains. It is a problem for developers seeking to regenerate brownfield sites.
Irranca-Davies said: "This project is not only ground-breaking, it offers real hope that we can redress the balance. These tiny insects, which naturally prey on Japanese knotweed, will help free local authorities and industry from the huge cost of treating and killing this devastating plant."