Strawberry Guava Bio-Control

Introduced to Hawaii from Brazil in 1825, strawberry guava is an invasive species that negatively impacts our environment. Strawberry guava forms dense thickets replacing native Hawaiian plants, and damages the watershed that diverse forests provide. Senator Ruderman, as the Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee of Energy and Environment (ENE) joined ENE Chair Senator Mike Gabbard on a tour of the strawberry guava bio-control site in Waiakea with bio-control experts from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and US Forest Service.

The experience garnered support for invasive species efforts in Hawaii from the Senators. Senator Ruderman commented, “I learned a lot about the current challenges and the successful accomplishments in bio-control during this visit hosted by College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) and Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC). It was exciting to see the bio-controls being developed for waiwi and other invasives. Senator Gabbard and I are in full support of protection from invasive species and will continue to urge full funding of programs for this.

I also hope CTAHR and HISC will help us draft legislation preventing the future imports of potentially invasive species.”

Although the list of invasive species may be lengthy, Senator Ruderman has his eye on two other invasive species as well. “Now if we could please tackle fire ants and coqui, I will be forever grateful!” said Senator Ruderman.

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