Kempton Express
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11 Feb 2021
10:58 am

Over 2,000 biocontrol insects released to fight water hyacinth in Witfield Dam

Kempton Express

Currently, the dam is 90 per cent covered in hyacinth.

Picture: The City of Ekurhuleni

In intensifying its fight against hyacinth, the City of Ekurhuleni has joined hands with Rhodes University’s Centre for Biological Control to release biocontrol insects to help curb the invasive hyacinth.

As a pilot project, over 2,000 neochetina beetles, which is one of the biocontrol insects used to manage water hyacinth, were released into the Witfield Dam in Boksburg.

Currently, the dam is 90 per cent covered in hyacinth.

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Mankgodi Hlongwane, a specialist in biodiversity and conservation, said through this joint fight the City aims to determine pathways of new invasions, the invasion ecology and the management of emerging aquatic weeds.

“Water hyacinth needs to be eradicated and since the infestation is severe in most dams across the City, we need an integrated approach in removing, controlling and eradicating these aquatic weeds,” explained Hlongwane.

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Furthermore, Hlongwane said following the release of the beetles, the dam will be monitored quarterly by the City and the Centre for Biological Control to check the progress and effectiveness of the project.

This article was republished from Kempton Express with permission

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