Invasive Species Weblog logo

Author: Jennifer Forman Orth

Invading your brain since 2002.

About | Links | Suggest a Post

Don't see what you're looking for?

2011 Calendars are here!
2011 Calendars are here!

Get the ISW Feed!    Atom enabled

Subscribe in Bloglines   Add to Google Reader or Homepage

Nature Blog Network

Monday, January 30, 2006

Steam Clean

There is seemingly no end to the innovations that come about while trying to control the coqui frogs (Eleutherdactylus coqui) that have invaded Hawaii. So far researchers have tried caffeine, citric acid, and hydrated lime. Now The Honolulu Advertiser is reporting that a collaboration between the University of Hawaii and an O'ahu nursery owner has led to the construction of a large chamber that blasts plants with heat and water. The steam cleaning is hot enough to kill most frogs but doesn't seem to harm the plants. The owner of the nursery is hoping the method can be fine-tuned to kill all frogs, allowing "guaranteed coqui-free plants" to be shipped off-island.

Labels: ,


Post a Comment

This page is Powered By Blogger. Isn't yours?