Project Number: 2040-21000-015-14
Start Date: Sep 03, 2013
End Date: Sep 02, 2018
A framework for use in regional areawide pest management programs to control coffee berry borer will be developed. Technology that can be used in an integrated approach will be demonstrated. Research to optimize the dose and use of Beauveria to mitigate losses on coffee production and to synchronize coffee flowering to increase profitability of coffee farms will be conducted. Field studies to understand insect attraction, phenology, sampling patterns and sanitation methods to reduce the source of CBB populations will be carried out. An economic analysis will be conducted pre- and post-area wide studies to document the impact of this effort. To improve program success and efficiency, additional areas will be investigated, including, but not limited to pruning style, native Beauveria strains, predators, semiochemicals and entomopathogenic nematodes. To prevent spread of CBB to the other islands, preventative and/or management measures based on successful practices used on Hawaii Island will be implemented with off-island farmers. Strategies to make the U.S. more resilient to invasion by exotic species, specifically CBB will include: Prevention, Detection, Delimitation, and Response.