Sunday, January 26, 2003

Malaysian Pest Management

A pair of articles on invasive species appeared in today's edition of Malaysia's New Straits Times. The first is about agricultural pests and regulations that are in effect to prevent their introduction. The article provides details on several pest species that threaten crops (like mango, tobacco, and cocoa), and gives examples of government prevention efforts, which included the installation of a tunnel, at the national airport, that blows air on passengers, to remove any spores that could be on their bodies. The second article is about the various pests that have been discovered during inspections, from itchgrass (Rottboellia cochinchinensis) to the Medfly (Ceratitis capitata). Bonus points to the New Straits Times for including the scientific names of the pests!

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