0946 The cultural impact of the red palm weevil and its management in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, November 18, 2008: 12:40 AM
Room A6, First Floor (Reno-Sparks Convention Center)
Aziz Ajlan , Emeritus, Professor of Entomology, King Faisal University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
The date Palm is an important fruit tree in Saudi Arabia, Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East Countries. Twenty-six references to palms or dates are mentioned in the Qur’an, sixteen of them are mentioned as evidence of God’s bounty. In addition, Prophet Muhammad mentioned the date palm and dates in some of his Hadeeths (Phrases). The red palm weevil (RPW), Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Olivier) becomes the most destructive and dangerous pest of date palms in the last 2 decades. Integrated pest management (IPM) is being implemented to control RPW.

doi: 10.1603/ICE.2016.34203

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