Beetle proves costly to eradicate
Coconut rhinoceros beetle
WHAT’S Australia have to learn about eradicating coconut rhinoceros beetle from Hawaii?
Well, according Dr David Cook, a fair bit.
Coconut rhinoceros beetle is a large beetle native to South-east Asia capable of damaging palm species.
The beetle has caused severe damage to coconut palms at Guam, despite concerted efforts to mitigate its spread, and has since been found on Honolulu at Hawaii.
Mr Cook and his team were able to examine the spread of the pest in Guam, and then predict how the beetle might impact Hawaii.
Their research shed some light on whether mitigation methods were economically viable – eradicating CRB was costly as it involved using heavy machinery.
“We find that eradication represents a net-benefit-maximising response provided the non-market (environmental and social) impacts of CRB exceed $6.9 million per annum,” he said.
PEST: A coconut rhinoceros beetle.