Outbreak of timber pest in Philippines: A consequence of frequent typhoons

IRG/WP 19-50348

P Dhang

Evidence of climate change and its impact are now visible in many parts of the world. This report presents impact of natural disasters in particular typhoons on trees as it passes across the Philippines archipelago every year. Typhoons damage and destroy large number of trees which soon rot under moist and warm conditions. Wood beetles and termites find these sources very quickly, breaking down the dead trees. While doing so the pests establish new and healthy population in and around the devastated sites. Often events like these lead to pest build-up and lead to outbreak condition. This report presents a preliminary evaluation on pest density of two tree pests such as mound building termite Macrotermes gilvus and Rhinoceros beetle, Oryctus rhinoceros after Typhoon Hainan in 20013 and their control strategies.

Keywords: climate change, pest outbreak, timber pest

Conference: 19-05-12/16 Quebec City, Canada

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