Long-term reduction in damage by rhinoceros beetle Oryctes rhinoceros (L.) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae) to coconut palms at Oryctes Nudivirus release sites on Viti Levu, Fiji

Geoffrey O. Bedford

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    Abstract

    In 1972 to 1973 the non-endemic Oryctes Nudivirus (OrNV) was established at three sites on Viti Levu, Fiji, where the introduced rhinoceros beetle Oryctes rhinoceros was causing heavy damage to coconut crowns and frequently killing the palms. The establishment of OrNV, and its dissemination by adults, was followed by a marked reduction in the beetle population and damage. When re-surveyed 35 years later, damage was still at a low level. It is postulated that Oryctes Nudivirus is still helping to lower damage and manage O. rhinoceros populations at those sites.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)6422-6425
    Number of pages4
    JournalAfrican journal of agricultural research
    Volume8
    Issue number49
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Keywords

    • Oryctes rhinoceros
    • Oryctes Nudivirus
    • coconut
    • Larvae
    • breeding site rhinoceros beetle

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