Insects 2012, 3(3), 640-652; doi:10.3390/insects3030640
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The Coffee Berry Borer (Hypothenemus hampei) Invades Hawaii: Preliminary Investigations on Trap Response and Alternate Hosts

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Received: 11 June 2012; in revised form: 3 July 2012 / Accepted: 4 July 2012 / Published: 11 July 2012
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Abstract: In August 2010 the coffee berry borer, Hypothenemus hampei, was first reported to have invaded the Kona coffee growing region of Hawaii, posing a severe economic challenge to the fourth largest agricultural commodity in the State. Despite its long and widespread occurrence throughout the tropics as the most serious pest of coffee, there are still discrepancies in the literature regarding several basic aspects of berry borer biology relevant to its control. In Kona coffee plantations, we investigated the beetles’ response to several trap and lure formulations, and examined the occurrence of beetles in seeds of alternate host plants occurring adjacent to coffee farms. While traps were shown to capture significant numbers of beetles per day, and the occurrence of beetles in alternate hosts was quite rare, the unique situation of coffee culture in Hawaii will make this pest extremely challenging to manage in the Islands.
Keywords: coffee berry borer; Hypothenemus hampei; Hawaii; Kona; trapping
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Messing, R.H. The Coffee Berry Borer (Hypothenemus hampei) Invades Hawaii: Preliminary Investigations on Trap Response and Alternate Hosts. Insects 2012, 3, 640-652.

AMA Style

Messing RH. The Coffee Berry Borer (Hypothenemus hampei) Invades Hawaii: Preliminary Investigations on Trap Response and Alternate Hosts. Insects. 2012; 3(3):640-652.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Messing, Russell H. 2012. "The Coffee Berry Borer (Hypothenemus hampei) Invades Hawaii: Preliminary Investigations on Trap Response and Alternate Hosts." Insects 3, no. 3: 640-652.

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