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Embarking on classical biological weed control in Brazil: the rust fungus Maravalia cryptostegiae versus Cryptostegia madagascariensis.


The woody vine Cryptostegia madagascariensis (common name Madagascar rubber vine) is an invasive alien species in the semi-arid northeast region of Brazil, where it is known locally as devil's claw. Brazil has as yet to take advantage of classical biological control as a strategy to manage invasive alien weeds. This paper presents the use of rust fungus, Maravalia cryptostegiae, for classical biological control of Cryptostegia madagascariensis.