France to introduce bug that eats harmful ragweed plant

France is looking into introducing this bug into the country, as it eats harmful ragweed. Chrysomelidae Ophraella communa ©wiki commons Hectonichus
France is looking into introducing this bug into the country, as it eats harmful ragweed. Chrysomelidae Ophraella communa ©wiki commons Hectonichus

Should a bug that eats harmful ragweed be deliberately introduced into France?

That is the question which has been raised after ragweed leaf beetles greatly reduced the weed in neighbouring Italy. Ragweed – ambroisie in French – was introduced to France in cargo from the US in 1863. It has since established itself, especially in the river valleys of the south east but also along the Dordogne and in other parts of the south west.

Introducing, the ragweed leaf beetle

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