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Articles under 'Pest Advisories'

Lethal Yellowing of Coconuts

Lethal yellowing is a fatal disease of palms, including coconuts. It is caused by a phytoplasma. Over 38 species of palms are susceptible to lethal yellowing. There are no resistant... Continue »

Frosty Pod Rot of Cocoa

Frosty Pod Rot is a disease of cocoa and is caused by the fungus, Moniliophthora roreri. The disease is confined to Central and South America. It first appeared in Columbia... Continue »

Cassava Hornworm

The Cassava Hornworm, Erinnyis ello is a pest of cassava and is native to tropical America. It has been recorded in Central America, the Caribbean, Florida (USA), Brazil, Columbia and... Continue »

Giant African Snail (GAS)

The Giant African Snail (Lissachatina fulica) is native to East Africa and was introduced into the Caribbean in the 1980’s. It was first discovered in Diego Martin, Trinidad in October... Continue »

Managing Giant African Snail (GAS) in the Field and Around the Home

Giant African snail (Lissachatina fulica) formerly Achatina fulica can cause major destruction to crops, loss of income and may even cause human health problems. This pest can lay up to... Continue »

Improved Handling of Pesticides

Chemical products known as pesticides are used by farmers to control insect pests, mites, diseases and weeds. Their use, though beneficial, can also give rise to unpleasant consequences. Continue »