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Re: Japanese Beetles

In a message dated 97-02-13 15:04:36 EST, you write:

<< Bill, 
      In the entomology classes I had at the University of Kentucky, we were
 told the same thing.   That the Japanese Beetle was brought in on the roots
 of an Iris being imported from Japan.   >>

Back in the early part of this century the Yokohama Nursery Company did a
sizeable business exporting Japanese irises to the U.S.  They even had an
office in New York.  This trade came to a virtual halt in the early 1920's
after huge fires in the wake of the great earthquake destroyed many of the
nurseries in Tokyo and Yokokhama, including the Yokohama Nursery Company.
 There were other nurseries that exported Japanese irises to the U.S. as
well, but their volume was only a fraction of the Yokohama Nursery Company.
 (Of course the "orris roots" that Bill S. referred to must have meant
Japanese iris roots---the fixitive "orris root" has never been manufactured
in Japan because few pogoniris are grown there, and none are indigenous.)
  Clarence Mahan in VA

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