Public Works and Intergovernmental Relations Committee… Resolution Requesting a Ban on the Release of Biological Control Agents

Wow… A committee that I didn’t even know existed has surfaced. The Public Works and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.

Interesting that it just began shortly after the November Fiasco where Public Works Spokesperson Noelani Whittington attempted to blackball me along with a few other bloggers… Of which I have still not received an apology or an explanation as to why I was in the directive.

So a quick look into some of these files shows that the upcoming April 21st meeting will be touching with the following unfinished business:

A RESOLUTION REQUESTING A BAN ON THE RELEASE OF BIOLOGICAL CONTROL AGENTS ON THE ISLAND OF HAWAII INCLUDING INSECTS FUNGI BACTERIA VIRUSES OR OTHER PATHOGENS FOR ANY TREE SPECIES RELATED TO THE OAHI METROSIDEROS POLYMORPHA
INCLUDING ALL SPECIES OF THE FAMILY MYRTACEAE SUCH AS THE
STRAWBERRY GUAVA SPIDIUM CATTLEIANUM

2 Responses

  1. For those concerned about the strawberry guava biocontrol proposal, realize the scale insect will attack everyone’s privately owned strawberry guava trees (and who knows what else!) Strawberry guava is an ornamental, and it is worth thousands of dollars each tree! The galls and defoliation will destroy the beauty of these trees and turn our neighborhoods and roadways into blighted areas, running down property values. The damages caused would be a liability for the State. Get on the Strawberry Guava Biocontrol Damage Compensation List. Go to http://www.BioDamage.com .

  2. What a great resolution! The o’hia is in the myrtle family and is currently under attack by the Puccinia fungus, also called o’hia rust. It is also attacking guava, eucalyptus, paperbark tree, strawberry guava, and has destroyed the rose apple — all myrtles. Interestingly, this fungus is being used in Florida as a biocontrol against paperbark trees (melaleuca). No surprise that it found its way to Hawaii.

    The scale insect they want to release against the strawberry guava, Tectococcus ovatus, could also evolve to attack o’hia, The environmental assessment admitted insects could evolve within a decade. If this insect is released it will multiple like crazy, since it would be being introduced without any of its natural controls or predators, and then it will look for more food. Realize that, while this scale insect uses a gall to reproduce, it can still eat other trees without those trees forming a gall.

    If we want to save the o’hia from attack by fungi and insects, we need to ban the introduction of biocontrol agents against relatives of the o’hia, since it will only be a matter of time until it attacks the o’hia, too.

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