Monarch Conservation Toolbox

Pilot Projects

Assessment of Exotic Milkweeds and the Spread of Disease in Monarchs

Monarch Health

Country
United States

Region
Multiple

Agency Type
University

Target or Affiliated Species or Habitat
Monarchs

Original Language
English

“Monarch Joint Venture has partnered with Monarch Alert and Monarch Health in a collaborative effort to examine how the presence of tropical milkweeds (Asclepias curassavica) and year-round monarch breeding activity affect the prevalence and transmission of OE (Ophryocystis elektroscirrha), and to evaluate the potential effectiveness of cutting back tropical milkweeds during the winter months for reducing monarch infections” (MJV 2016).

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