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Characterizing the Acalolepta aesthetica Invasion in Hawai‘i

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dc.contributor.advisor Canale, Lisa K.
dc.contributor.author Curbelo, Keena M
dc.date.accessioned 2022-04-23T00:58:48Z
dc.date.available 2022-04-23T00:58:48Z
dc.date.issued 2020-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10790/6911
dc.description A report submitted to the graduate division of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Professional Internship Track.
dc.description.abstract This internship project encompassed my work on the Queensland Longhorned Beetle (Acalolepta aesthetica), a newly established pest species on Hawai‘i island. The larvae have been documented in cacao, breadfruit, kukui, and various citrus trees. Due to the detrimental impact of this pest to both agriculturally and culturally important plant species, understanding both the developmental biology and genotypic diversity is crucial. Analysis of mitochondrial haplotypes in a subset of the beetle population on Hawai‘i island shows no mitochondrial haplotype diversity which supports the theory that the founding population was derived from the offspring of one female. Through establishment of both a reporting pipeline as well as a rearing colony, we hope to develop effective trapping methods.
dc.description.sponsorship Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture
dc.format.extent 18 pages
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.subject Queensland Longhorned Beetle
dc.subject Acalolepta aesthetica
dc.subject Hawaii
dc.subject invasive species
dc.subject pest control
dc.subject Mitochondrial DNA
dc.subject United States Department of Agriculture
dc.title Characterizing the Acalolepta aesthetica Invasion in Hawai‘i
dc.type Master's Project
dc.type Report
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.contributor.mentor Sim, Sheina B.
Appears in Collections: TCBES Professional Internship Reports


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