University of Guam, College of Natural & Applied Sciences (CNAS) researchers and extension agents were recently awarded $160,000 in several grants that will assist Guam farmers, gardeners and coconut lovers. The monies were allocated from the USDA Farm Bill 2016 Plant Pest and Disease and Disaster Prevention Program. Dr. Robert Schlub and his team (Roger […]
Coconut rhinoceros beetles were first discovered on Guam in 2007. Adults kill palms when they bore into crowns to feed on sap. Rhino beetle larvae feed only on dead plant material at breeding sites and they do no damage. In order to eradicate rhino beetles, all breeding sites must be found and destroyed. Four dogs […]
This is National Invasive Species Awareness Week. CNAS scientists Aubrey Moore and Roland Quitugua, who are Invasive Species Council members, were on hand for the Guam proclamation signing. Guam PDN article KUAM article
Roland Quitugua featured on KUAM News outlining 2016 plans for CRB control. Good information on where Guam is at this time regarding this invasive insect. Click here for KUAM story
The Guam coconut rhinoceros beetle research team has documented some disturbing and unusual behavior of Oryctes rhinoceros (coconut rhinoceros beetle CRB), which has been published in the September issue of the Florida Entomologist journal. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1653/024.098.0341) The coconut rhinoceros beetle was first discovered on Guam in the tourist area of Tumon Bay in 2007, and since […]
UOG researchers, Dr. Aubrey Moore and Roland Quitugua, in collaboration with Paul Bassler, Guam’s former Director of Agriculture, Dr. Russell Campbell, Guam’s former Territorial Entomologist, and Dr. Trevor Jackson, AgResearch New Zealand have published a journal article showing that the coconut rhinoceros beetle (CRB) which has invaded Guam is behaving differently to other CRB populations. […]
A story by Jerick Sablan on the status of large piles of green waste left in the wake of Typhoon Dolphin. Concerns are expressed about rhino beetles and little fire ants associated with the piles. Please click here to read the full story.