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Research Project: Detection, Control and Area-wide Management of Fruit Flies and Other Quarantine Pests of Tropical/Subtropical Crops

Location: Tropical Crop and Commodity Protection Research

Title: Coffee berry borer (Hypothenemus hampei), a global pest of coffee: perspectives from historical and recent invasions, and future priorities

item JOHNSON, M - Oak Ridge Institute For Science And Education (ORISE)
item RUIZ-DIAZ, C - University Of Puerto Rico
item Manoukis, Nicholas
item RODRIGUES, J - University Of Puerto Rico

Submitted to: Insects
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/9/2020
Publication Date: 12/12/2020
Citation: Johnson, M., Ruiz-Diaz, C.P., Manoukis, N., Rodrigues, J.C. 2020. Coffee berry borer (Hypothenemus hampei), a global pest of coffee: perspectives from historical and recent invasions, and future priorities. Insects. 11(12). Article 882.

Interpretive Summary: Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) is the most serious insect pest of coffee worldwide, causing more than US$500 M in damages annually. Reduction in the yield and quality of coffee results from the adult female CBB boring into the coffee fruit and building galleries for reproduction, followed by larval feeding on the bean itself. This review examines the invasion biology of CBB in various coffee-growing regions throughout the world, comparing and contrasting patterns in historically invaded countries with those that were more recently invaded. The situation in Hawaii is highlighted as a case study for the development and implementation of a successful integrated pest management (IPM) program following 10 years of research and outreach.

Technical Abstract: Coffee Berry Borer (Hypothenumus hampei Ferrari, CBB) has invaded nearly every coffee-producing country in the world and is widely recognized as the most damaging insect pest of coffee. While extensive research has been conducted on this pest in individual coffee-growing regions, important new insights may be gained by comparing and contrasting patterns of invasion and response across its extensive global distribution. In this review, we explore literature and focus in common themes in the invasion biology of CBB by examining 1) how it was introduced into particular countries and the response to its invasion, 2) life history, flight activity and infestation patterns, 3) economic impacts and current management strategies, and 4) biosecurity issues contributing to invasion success. We suggest that future areas of research should focus on understanding deeply CBB biology, genetic and multitrophic interactions with natural enemies and coffee plant.