Superbug Imported to the UK to Tackle Knotweed

A superbug has been imported to Britain and released in the hope of stopping the rampant spread of one of the biggest garden menaces – Japanese Knotweed.

Experts hope the tiny insect could win the battle against the invasive super weed that can run wild once it gets a hold. In Japan a native bug known as Aphalara itadori, similar to aphids, keeps the weed under control and researchers have been looking into whether it could work here.

A trial has now entered its second phase with several of the sap-sucking bugs being released recently in Cornwall at a secret location.

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