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Insects 2017, 8(4), 116; doi:10.3390/insects8040116

To Spray or Not to Spray: A Decision Analysis of Coffee Berry Borer in Hawaii

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Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
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Department of Economics, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu 96822, HI, USA
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Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences, CTAHR, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
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Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences, CTAHR, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
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Academic Editor: Alberto Pozzebon
Received: 19 August 2017 / Revised: 13 October 2017 / Accepted: 17 October 2017 / Published: 21 October 2017
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Abstract

Integrated pest management strategies were adopted to combat the coffee berry borer (CBB) after its arrival in Hawaii in 2010. A decision tree framework is used to model the CBB integrated pest management recommendations, for potential use by growers and to assist in developing and evaluating management strategies and policies. The model focuses on pesticide spraying (spray/no spray) as the most significant pest management decision within each period over the entire crop season. The main result from the analysis suggests the most important parameter to maximize net benefit is to ensure a low initial infestation level. A second result looks at the impact of a subsidy for the cost of pesticides and shows a typical farmer receives a positive net benefit of $947.17. Sensitivity analysis of parameters checks the robustness of the model and further confirms the importance of a low initial infestation level vis-a-vis any level of subsidy. The use of a decision tree is shown to be an effective method for understanding integrated pest management strategies and solutions. View Full-Text
Keywords: coffee berry borer; Hypothenemus hampei; integrated pest management; decision analysis; pest control coffee berry borer; Hypothenemus hampei; integrated pest management; decision analysis; pest control
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Woodill, A.J.; Nakamoto, S.T.; Kawabata, A.M.; Leung, P. To Spray or Not to Spray: A Decision Analysis of Coffee Berry Borer in Hawaii. Insects 2017, 8, 116.

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