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
Some ecological relationships among plants are robust and independent of geography. Expanding the validation of these relationships requires data from under-represented geographic regions and plant groups. Recent research on the Elaeocarpus joga tree from the island of Guam addressed these concerns, and the results appeared in the November 2015 issue of the journal HortScience. Nutrient […]
The little fire ant (LFA) is still steadily spreading across the island bringing its painful sting to all it encounters. Some homeowners in Umatac cannot allow their children to play outside as their yards are infested with these tiny ants. The good news is the treatments being used to control the ants are working and […]
Living on beachfront property on a tropical island is an idyllic life goal for many people. Those people may be envious of a number of native Philippine plant species that restrict their population distribution to coastal zones. But that idyllic life comes with a price, as revealed in an article that appears in issue 2 […]
Serianthes nelsonii, a large, handsome tree found only in the Mariana Islands was federally listed as endangered on February 18, 1987. Since that time there has been relatively little research published on this rare tree. The University of Guam has studied recruitment limitations of the endangered Serianthes nelsonii tree, and the studies have resulted in […]
The Guam Invasive Species Advisory Committee voices its concern regarding the risks of introducing invasive species to Guam via Christmas tree importation. Click here to read Guam Daily Post article.
KUAM News interviews Roland Quituqua regarding the upsurge in rhino beetle population and how to protect Guam’s niyok trees with tekken nets over green waste piles. Click here to watch the video.
Roland Quituqua speaks to KUAM News about the danger of invasive insects hitchhiking to Guam on live Christmas trees. Click here to watch the video.
Chris Rosario, research associate with the Western Pacific Tropical Research Center at the University of Guam has been surveying bees on Guam and in the region as part of the Honeybee Health Survey funded by USDA-APHIS. Although the survey has been completed, Rosario is still keen on these honey-making insects and he is continuing research […]