The Future of RPW Control

Presented by Dr. Agenor Mafra-Neto, President and CEO, ISCA Technologies, Inc: (partnership with Koppert Biological Systems and TEC-IB)

The red palm weevil (RPW), Rhynchophorus ferrugineus, has caused significant losses to the date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L) industry throughout the Middle East since its introduction into this region in the 1980s. For the past three decades, mass trapping has represented the standard for RPW control yet the problem persists. Pheromone bucket traps are difficult to maintain, compliance with the necessary trap maintenance schedule is low, and the number of traps that can be deployed within a given field is limited.

In an effort to provide the Gulf region with more effective control products, ISCA has developed three innovative technologies for the management of RPW in the Gulf region; HOOK RPW, SPLAT RPW Repel and the ISCA Smart Trap. Hook RPW is a long lasting formulation that attracts and kills RPW without the need for a trap. SPLAT RPW Repel is a highly effective repellent formulation that stops RPW from attacking palm trees and that creates barriers to their movement and introduction. The ISCA Smart Trap is a highly sensitive, accurate electronic trap capable of instantaneously transmitting captured data to the Internet for immediate analysis. Adoption of these technologies will provide the Gulf region with far more effective RPW control and pave the way to making eradication possible.

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