by Mindy Aguon
Guam - A New Zealand scientist has joined Guam's efforts to fight the spread of the coconut rhinoceros beetle that is eating its way through coconut trees around the island. Trevor Jackson came to Guam earlier this month to assist in the release of a virus into the rhino beetle.
The virus, produced in New Zealand, has been a bio-control method successfully used in other pacific islands to help keep the CRB under control. Jackson is working with local entomologists to feed the virus to healthy beetles that are then released into the island rhino populations.
The team has already discovered unusual rhino beetle behavior as beetles were found breeding in the crowns of coconut trees.