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Life history, identity and damage assessment of Galip weevil

This Small Research Activity aims to measure and describe the status and history of weevil infestation of galip (canarium indicum) trees in Papua New Guinea, and identify further research needs.
Galip (Canarium indicum) nut is a native tree of Papua New Guinea and neighbouring Melanesian countries. It has been developed as a commercial crop in Papua New Guinea with support from ACIAR for over 10 years, but an unidentified weevil is destroying Galip plantations in East New Britain. This weevil is also found in other provinces of Papua New Guinea, and could ruin the Galip industry countrywide.
By understanding the Galip weevil's history, biology and distribution, Papua New Guinean research partners and the fledgling Galip industry will be able to manage or eliminate the pest.
The project report will provide entomological support for FST/2014/099, which seeks to develop the canarium nut industry, and identify priority follow on research questions for further ACIAR project work. The project will enhance research capacity within the PNG National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), and other Papua New Guinean counterparts, through an enhanced entomological network brokered by the University of New South Wales. Solving the weevil problem will also improve smallholder confidence in growing Galip trees for agroforestry throughout Eastern New Britain.

PROJECT OUTCOMES (inherits from 600 Word Summary if one exists)

- By understanding the history, biology and distribution of the Galip weevil, PNG research partners and the fledgling Galip industry will have greater capacity to develop methods to manage or eliminate the pest's impact
- The project report will provide entomological support for FST/2014/099, and identify priority follow on research questions for further ACIAR project work
- The project will enhance research capacity within NARI, as well as other PNG counterparts, through an enhanced entomological network brokered by UNSW over the past three years.
- Improved smallholder confidence in growing Galip trees for agroforestry throughout Eastern New Britain

COMMISSIONED ORGANISATION

University of New South Wales, Australia

COLLABORATING INSTITUTIONS

National Agricultural Research Institute, Papua New Guinea