airpotatobeetleAbout This Program

The air potato is an exotic vine that outcompetes native vegetation and disrupts natural processes. Because of the negative impacts to the Florida environment, the United States Department of Agriculture started a biological control program of air potato with explorations of natural enemies in Asia. After extensive research on its safety and impact, the air potato leaf beetle, Lilioceris cheni, was approved for release in Florida. Currently, the air potato leaf beetle is being reared and released in Florida through a partnership of the United States Department of Agriculture, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the University of Florida. This website provides information about the Air Potato and its biological control agent, the Air Potato Leaf Beetle.  

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