Prospects for Biological Control of Taro Beetles, Papuana spp. (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), in the South Pacific

Aloalii, Ioane
Masamdu, Roy
Theunis, Wilfried
Thistleton, Brian
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University of Hawaii
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.
biological control, biological control agents, Pacific Ocean Islands, Papuana, taro beetles
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.
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