Submitted to: Journal of Agriculture of the University of Puerto Rico
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/8/2005
Publication Date: 10/20/2007
Citation: Pantoja, A., Abreu, E., Pena, J., Robles, W. 2007. Paracoccus marginatus Williams and Granara de Willink (Homoptera: Pseudococcidae) affecting papaya in Puerto Rico. Journal of Agriculture of the University of Puerto Rico. 91(3-4):223-225.
Technical Abstract: The papaya mealybug, Paracoccus marginatus was detected January 10, 2001 infesting papaya plantings in Isabela, Puerto Rico (18°28'23 N; 66°52’18W; 145.4 meters above sea level). This insect is recognized as a pest of papaya, cassava, hibiscus, eggplant, avocado, annona, and sweetpotato. P. marginatus feed on leaves, stems, fruits, and even on seedlings. Research is needed to study the distribution of P. marginatus in Puerto Rico, and correlate insect density to yield reductions.