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Tuesday, 9th March 2010
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Japanese insect 'could be effective bio-control in the UK'

An insect imported from Japan could help Britain in its fight against an invasive plant species.

Tiny lice-like creatures known as psyllids may be useful in helping to prevent the spread of Japanese knotweed, which was introduced to the UK as an ornamental plant in the 19th century and has since spread out of control.

With no natural predators in Britain, the UK is now looking to Japan for a means of controlling the problem - the first time bio-control has been used in this way in Europe.

The Telegraph reported that the introduction of psyllids is supported by Ian Nicholson, chair of environment and sustainability at the Institution of Engineers, who commented that Japanese knotweed is posing problems for builders at the site of the 2012 London Olympics.

According to Devon County Council, the plant is usually found in gardens, on railway embankments, on river banks and at waste grounds.

Written by Mark Smith

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