Armed with a new training manual, Pacific farmers look to control deadly coconut rhinoceros beetle infestations

The Pacific has been battling the spread of the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetles (CRB) for years and is now challenged by the invasion of a new CRB biotype, the CRB-Guam strain, that has spread to seven Pacific Island countries in just a decade leaving…

Pacific’s Tree of Life faces growing pest threat

In the Pacific, coconut is king. It charms visitors to our shores, as well as commands the respect of Pacific Islanders that depend on it for their livelihood. Known regionally as the ‘tree of life’, every part is used, from its tallest frond down to its…

Thousands of trap lures deployed in new push to contain Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle infestation

Up to 5,500 trap lures have been distributed to Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands in a bid to contain the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) infestation.

Remarks by SPC DDG, Dr A. Aumua at the Launch of 'Pacific Seeds for Life' and funding for Regional Genebank

Check against delivery Statement by Dr. Audrey Aumua  Delivered at the Launch of 'Pacific Seeds for Life' and funding announcement for Regional Genebank Suva, Fiji 27 May 2020   The Honourable Minister of Agriculture Fiji, Dr Mahendra Reddy, His…

Vanuatu’s successful containment of a coconut palm killer

 Protecting Pacific’s coconut palms from coconut rhinoceros beetle (CRB) has been an ongoing battle in the region. Since its first case of CRB in Mangaliliu in 2019, Vanuatu has stepped up responses to eradicate this pest from its islands with the…

ACIAR pledges AUD 2 million to tackle rhinoceros beetle threat

The Pacific Community (SPC) hosted an important international workshop to address the impact of a new type of rhinoceros beetle invading the region. Dubbed the ‘Palm Killer’, this beetle is wreaking havoc on coconut palms and has proven highly resistant…

Curbing the coconut rhinoceros beetle in the Pacific

The Pacific Community (SPC) is taking proactive measures to assist Samoa and other Pacific Island countries and territories in their efforts to curb any resurgence of the coconut rhinoceros beetle. SPC, with support from AgResearch New Zealand, has…
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