April 30, 2002

New Leafy Spurge Biocontrol CD Available

"Biological Control of Leafy Spurge: Informational Resource CD," the first release in TEAM Leafy Spurge's IPM Information Series, is now available. The CD offers a comprehensive overview of how to get and use biological control agents to control leafy spurge. It is intended as a companion to the "Biological Control of Leafy Spurge" manual which has been distributed to more than 38,000 individuals, organizations and agencies in 27 states and four Canadian provinces. The popular manual is included on the new CD in pdf format along with a "how-to" PowerPoint presentation on biological control of spurge; a poster/publication section, a photo gallery, an extensive bibliography, and more. The TEAM Leafy Spurge CD was produced by Steve Merritt, former TLS technical information specialist, and R. D. Richard, USDA-APHIS PPQ in Bozeman, MT, along with the aid of NPARL staff. (Richard coauthored a leafy spurge photo gallery CD also issued by TEAM Leafy Spurge in January 2000. That product has been incorporated into this latest offering to provide end users with a convenient, single source of reference on the biological control of leafy spurge.) In addition to biological control, future CDs in the TEAM Leafy Spurge IPM series will cover leafy spurge and grazing, along with herbicide use. To order the "Biological Control of Leafy Spurge: Informational Resource CD" contact Beth Redlin or Jill Miller at USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Lab, 1500 N. Central, Sidney, MT 59270; voice: 406-433-9427; fax: 406-433-5038; bredlin@sidney.ars.usda.gov or jmiller@sidney.ars.usda.gov. The CD is free.

TEAM Leafy Spurge is a five-year research and demonstration project funded by the USDA's Agricultural Research Service in cooperation with the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

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