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Biological Control for Nature Northampton, Massachusetts, USA October 3 – 10, 2010 This meeting will explore the benefits of classical biological control for the control of invasive insects and plants in natural forests, and associated habitats such as wetlands, grasslands, and deserts. Applications to islands and other natural systems will also be included. The meeting...
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Tom Coleman (USDA Forest Service) and cooperators from ECOSUR and CONAFOR

Foreign Exploration for Gold Spotted Oak Borer in Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico

March 29 to April 10 2010 The gold spotted oak borer (GSOB), Agrilus coxalis(Coleoptera: Buprestidae) is an invasive pest in Southern California that was first detected around 2004. This beetle has a natural distribution that extends from the oak forests in the mountains of Southern Arizona (i.e., the Santa Ritas, Santa Catalinas, Chiricahuas, and the...
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Red Palm Weevil

Red Palm Weevil

The Red Palm Weevil (RPW) is widely considered the most devastating insect to attack palms has been found in Laguna Beach, Orange County Calif. The weevil was originally found by a landscape specialist in late August 2010 infesting a Canary Islands palm in a residential area. Subsequent investigation by plant health regulatory officials confirmed the...
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RPW infested palm at Laguna

Confirmed: Live Red Palm Weevil found in US

Update on the Red Palm Weevil Infestation in Laguna Beach Today, representatives from the CISR and UCR, (Mark Hoddle and Mike Lewis), UCCE (John Kabashima and Don Hodel), the CDFA (Laura Petro), and the Orange County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office (Nick Nisson) visited the Laguna site with the palm tree infested with RPW. Around this infested...
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red palm weevil


CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE COUNTY AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE ~OFFICIAL INVITATION~ INFORMATIONAL MEETING ON A NEW PEST IN ORANGE COUNTY – THE RED PALM WEEVIL (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) Meeting – Friday, November 05, 2010 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM City Council Chambers 505 Forest Avenue Laguna Beach, CA The California Department of Food and Agriculture...
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Red Palm Weevil Infested Palm at Laguna Beach Removed

On Wednesday, November 03, 2010, a team of scientists from CISR, CDFA, UCCE, USDA-APHIS, the Orange and San Diego County Agricultural Commissioner’s Offices and West Coast Arborists returned to the Red Palm Weevil (RPW) affected site in Laguna Beach California.Inspection of a unhealthy Canary Islands palm the previous week resulted in the discovery of a...
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Hadley Farm worker

Red Palm Weevil Outreach Meeting in Coachella Valley

While the Red Palm Weevil (RPW) infestation seems to be in a quiescent phase in Southern California, the community of researchers, public officials, arborists, nursery owners, and palm growers are getting ready for the imminent counter attack. This problem is being addressed aggressively and a series of RPW Outreach meetings sponsored by California Department of...
By Christina Hoddle |

CBS News Interested in the RPW Invasion in California

The Red Palm weevil (RPW) problem in southern California has picked up local news interest. Bill Whitaker and his news team from CBS evening news came to UCR on the 16th of February 2011 to interview Dr. Mark Hoddle about research that is being conducted at UCR on this pest. This interview was part of...
By Christina Hoddle |
crane used to inspect and spray the top of the palm

Red Palm Weevil in Laguna Beach Dealt a Second Blow

On June 2 2011, a second Canary Islands palm was inspected for red palm weevil in Laguna Beach, approximately one week (May 25 2011) after the first palm suspected to be infested with red palm weevil was inspected and confirmed to have red palm weevil activity, and subsequently treated with insecticides. The process for selecting...
By Mark Hoddle |
Adult Rhynchophorus palmarum

Palmageddon: Are California’s Palms about to Face the Perfect Storm?

Two species of giant palm weevils, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (commonly known as the red palm weevil) and Rhynchophorus palmarum (South American palm weevil) have both been detected in Southern California. The red palm weevil (RPW) was officially discovered in Laguna Beach in Orange County (California USA) in September 2010. The beetle has been declared by FAO...
By Mark Hoddle |
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