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Title: Prospects for Biological Control of Taro Beetles, Papuana spp. (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), in the South Pacific 
Author: Aloalii, Ioane; Masamdu, Roy; Theunis, Wilfried; Thistleton, Brian
Date: 1993-01
Publisher: University of Hawaii
Citation: Aloalii I, Masamdu R, Theunis W, Thistleton B. 1993. Prospects for biological control of taro beetles, Papuana spp. (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), in the South Pacific. In: Ferentinos L, editor. Proceedings of the Sustainable Taro Culture for the Pacific Conference. Sustainable Taro Culture for the Pacific Conference; 1992 Sept 24-25; Honolulu, Hawaii. Honolulu (HI): University of Hawaii. p. 66-70.
Abstract: Adults of taro beetles, Papuana spp. (Coleoptera:Scarabaeidae), damage corms of taro (Colocasia esculenta) and other aroids and, less seriously, a range of other crops
in five countries in the South Pacific (Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Kiribati, and Fiji). Previous control measures were based on the use of pesticides, which is inappropriate in subsistence agriculture. The present project (South Pacific Commission/European Community (SPC/EC) Project for the Biological Control of Taro Beetles in the South Pacific,
part of the Pacific Regional Agricultural Program) aims to develop cultural and biological control of the beetles.
Studies on taxonomy, distribution, biology, ecology, and cultural and biological control are in progress; the latter focus on the use of pathogens.
Series/Report No.: Research Extension Series
Pages/Duration: 5 pages
ISSN: 0271-9916
Keywords: biological control, biological control agents, Pacific Ocean Islands, Papuana, taro beetles

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