Biocontrol of Aravalli’s Vilayati Keekar

Photo Courtesy: S Sandilyan

The biocontrol efficiency  of Cuscuta reflexa can be tested on the proliferation of Prosopis juliflora or vilayati keekar, which damages the native species in the arid and semi-arid tracts of the Aravalli

Abstract: The unique climatic and edaphic characteristics of India assist biological invasion by alien species like the vilayati keekar that damage native diversity. Control methods for eradicating the species have proved futile. Although the biocontrol efficiency of Cuscuta reflexa has been established, the agent requires further trials for successful deployment.

The author is a Fellow, Centre for Biodiversity Policy and Law (CEBPOL), National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai.