Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 11, Issue 2,2013
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Managing invasive populations of red palm weevil: A worldwide perspective 


Abid Hussain 1, Muhammad Rizwan-ul-Haq 1, Ahmed M. Al-Jabr 1*, Hassan Yahya Al-Ayied

Recieved Date: 2012-11-28, Accepted Date: 2013-04-20


Globalization facilitates the introduction and spread of insect species outside their native range. The invasive species can breed and spread aggressively because the new habitat might not have any natural enemy. Their establishment in new habitat can disrupt the existing pest management strategies. Moreover, the invasive species along with yield reduction can significantly increase the cost for its management. The red palm weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Olivier) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) is an example that has become a major source of economic loss in date production especially in the Middle East. This review focuses on RPW invasive history, pest status, biology, host plants, economic impacts, control tactics and recent research and international efforts for RPW management. 


Biological control, eradication, invasive pest, IPM, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Olivier)

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2013
Volume: 11
Issue: 2
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 456-463

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