Houma Courier: State gets $1 million to fight wetlands pest

Louisiana has secured $1 million from the federal government to help fight an invasive insect that has killed thousands of acres of a plant vital to preserving the state’s coastal marshes.

Roseau cane scale, an east Asian mealybug, eats and destroys the tall stalks scientists say help trap sediment that builds marshes and holds them together. Losing the cane could hamper the marshes’ ability to protect inland communities from Gulf of Mexico tides and storm surges, officials say.

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