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Research Project: Classical Biological Control of Coffee Berry Borer

Location: Tropical Crop and Commodity Protection Research

Project Number: 2040-43000-017-17-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 1, 2018
End Date: Jul 31, 2019

Objective:
To conduct host range testing with Phymasticus coffea, a prospective biological control agent of coffee berry borer, a significant pests of coffee.

Approach:
Using no-choice and choice tests, native and introduced scolytine beetle relatives of the coffee berry borer will be tested in quarantine for their suitability as hosts for the exotic parasitoid Phymasticus coffea to determine if released of this wasp into the Hawaii environment would be safe.