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Biological control of the coconut palm rhinoceros beetle (Oryctes rhinoceros L. Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) using Rhabdionvirus oryctes Huger in Sultanate of Oman



Biological control of the coconut palm rhinoceros beetle (Oryctes rhinoceros L. Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) using Rhabdionvirus oryctes Huger in Sultanate of Oman



Egyptian Journal of Biological Pest Control 14(1): 113-118



R. oryctes was initially released against the coconut palm rhinoceros beetle, O. rhinoceros, in Sultanate of Oman by means of releasing virus-infected beetles, which act as vectors to spread the virus into natural breeding sites. A total of 900 virus-infected beetles were released in six locations in Dhofar province. Two months after the release, the incidence and spread of that virus to local population of O. rhinoceros using the rapid smear technique was confirmed.

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