UCCE Humboldt - Del Norte Counties
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UCCE Humboldt - Del Norte Counties

Klamath Weed Beetle

Klamath Weed Beetle

Farm Advisor William Douglas Pine
Farm Advisor William Douglas Pine
Cover of Klamath Weed Beetle dedication program
Cover of Klamath Weed Beetle dedication program
During his tenure at UCCE, Farm Advisor William Douglas Pine collaborated with other leading scientists to solve the decades-old problem of Klamath weed, a plant toxic to cattle. The plant, a European native also known as St. John's Wort, wild alfalfa, Tipton, and goatweed, had been introduced to the area.

The pest was finally eradicated after the release of the Klamath weed beetle, and in 1958 a bronze plaque was erected in Rohner Park, Fortuna to pay homage to the beneficial insect and the individuals responsible for its introduction. See the entire dedication program here:klamath weed beetle booklet

After the Agricultural Center was erected in Eureka, the bronze plaque with its bas relief of the now-famous creature was moved to the front of the building, where it remains today as a testament to the power of science to overcome a menace.

 

Yearly tours were made to keep people informed of progress.
Yearly tours were made to keep people informed of progress.
Before release of the beetle, there had been hundreds of  demonstration and experimental plots.
Before release of the beetle, there had been hundreds of demonstration and experimental plots.
Alfred H. Murphy in the field during experiments.
Alfred H. Murphy in the field during experiments.

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