Articles of interest

Death Notice? Rhynchophorus ferrugineus vs. Phoenix canariensis (November, 2011)

These images were taken on the 30th of october of 2010 in Carchuna, province of Granada, Spain, not many meters in from the Mediterranean coast.

Unfortunately, nowadays, similar photographs can be taken by the dozen all along the coast of the Mediterranean, from the extreme east to west. An authentic disaster out of control !

In this case, the images show some of the Phoenix canariensis which, along with two hundred adult palm trees, have grown for decades on the side of the national road CN-340. There disappearance is only a question of a few years. This is only one example of neglect, unawareness, possibly due to lack of budget and/or, what is worse, in many a case the incompetence of those "responsible", which is repeated along all the coast of the Mediterranean irrespective of the country or town. The owners of the palm trees, in this case the Spanish Administration, should be obliged to act against it.

Hundreds if not millions of palm trees, mostly Canary palm trees, get infected and die within a matter of months!!!

In PALMASUR we have maintained a web page since 2005 with information about the techniques that are being used to fight the plague that is currently killing, at a huge rate, all the Phoenix canariensis in the South of Europe and the North of Africa .

How should we act? What do the experts say?

What are the obligations of the different administrations (local, autonomous, etc) in the different States of the European Community? What does the C.E. say?

What does the owner of a palm tree, not only Phoenix canariensis but of any other species, have to do to prevent, recognize and act against Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Olivier alias Picudo rojo (spain), Punteruoelo rosso (Italy), Charançon rouge du palmier (France), Escaravelho da Palmeira das Canarias (Portugal), Red Palm Weevil…?

How did all this disaster begin? What insect is this that has originated from the tropics and is devouring all the canary palm trees that we have seen since we were kids in our town squares, streets and gardens?

To what degree and with what virulence does this plague attack the rest of the palm trees that can be found in the parks and gardens of Europe? How much does it cost to protect them?

Its the sad truth that if we don't act seriously, the canary palm trees and, who knows what other species of palm tree, are in danger of dying out.

We hope for the collaboration of everyone. Information is power. Let us denounce and act now.

To read full article in Spanish, click here.

Web Sites of interest:

Picudo Rojo en Canarias. Web informativa de la Consejería de Agricultura, Ganadería, Pesca y Medio Ambiente. Gobierno de Canarias. Le charançon rouge Rhynchophorus ferrugineus. La FREDON Corse -La Fédération Régionale de Défense contre les Organismes Nuisibles de Corse-. 2010. Recherches et Protections Contre les Ravageurs du Palmier: Rhynchophorus ferrugineus. Centre INRA de Montpellier. 2008. CENTRO STUDI E RICERCHE PER LE PALME – SANREMO. Prima segnalazione in Italia del curculionide delle palme, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus. Centro Sperimentale per il Vivaismo di Pistoia. 2005. Associazione Italiana Direttori e Tecnici Pubblici Giardini. GARDA PALME. Punteruolo rosso delle Palme. Regione Campania. Rhynchophorus ferrugineus . A praga que vai mudar a paisagem das zonas turísticas. RPW Red Palm Weevil. The European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO). Palmetto weevil, Rhynchophorus cruentatus Fabricius. University of Florida. IFAS Extension. The Red Palm Weevil in the Mediterranean Area. Vol. 46, No 4, Palms (formerly Principes), Journal of the International Palm Society. Chemical and behavioral ecology of palm weevils. Florida Entomologist 79(2). Florida Entomologist. Symptoms and population dynamics of Rhynchophorus cruentatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Canary Island date palms. The Red Palm Weevil. A serious threat to the Portuguese landscape. PREVENTION OF RED PALM WEEVIL (RHYNCHOPHORUS FERRUGINEUS OLIVER) INFESTATION IN DATE PALMS. ISHS. Palmetto weevil in Bismark palm [video].

These images were taken on the 30th of october of 2010 in Carchuna, province of Granada, Spain, not many meters in from the Mediterranean coast.

Unfortunately, nowadays, similar photographs can be taken by the dozen all along the coast of the Mediterranean, from the extreme east to west. An authentic disaster out of control !

In this case, the images show some of the Phoenix canariensis which, along with two hundred adult palm trees, have grown for decades on the side of the national road CN-340. There disappearance is only a question of a few years. This is only one example of neglect, unawareness, possibly due to lack of budget and/or, what is worse, in many a case the incompetence of those "responsible", which is repeated along all the coast of the Mediterranean irrespective of the country or town. The owners of the palm trees, in this case the Spanish Administration, should be obliged to act against it.

Hundreds if not millions of palm trees, mostly Canary palm trees, get infected and die within a matter of months!!!

In PALMASUR we have maintained a web page since 2005 with information about the techniques that are being used to fight the plague that is currently killing, at a huge rate, all the Phoenix canariensis in the South of Europe and the North of Africa .

How should we act? What do the experts say?

What are the obligations of the different administrations (local, autonomous, etc) in the different States of the European Community? What does the C.E. say?

What does the owner of a palm tree, not only Phoenix canariensis but of any other species, have to do to prevent, recognize and act against Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Olivier alias Picudo rojo (spain), Punteruoelo rosso (Italy), Charançon rouge du palmier (France), Escaravelho da Palmeira das Canarias (Portugal), Red Palm Weevil…?

How did all this disaster begin? What insect is this that has originated from the tropics and is devouring all the canary palm trees that we have seen since we were kids in our town squares, streets and gardens?

To what degree and with what virulence does this plague attack the rest of the palm trees that can be found in the parks and gardens of Europe? How much does it cost to protect them?

Its the sad truth that if we don't act seriously, the canary palm trees and, who knows what other species of palm tree, are in danger of dying out.

We hope for the collaboration of everyone. Information is power. Let us denounce and act now.

To read full article in Spanish, click here.

Web Sites of interest:

Picudo Rojo en Canarias. Web informativa de la Consejería de Agricultura, Ganadería, Pesca y Medio Ambiente. Gobierno de Canarias. Le charançon rouge Rhynchophorus ferrugineus. La FREDON Corse -La Fédération Régionale de Défense contre les Organismes Nuisibles de Corse-. 2010. Recherches et Protections Contre les Ravageurs du Palmier: Rhynchophorus ferrugineus. Centre INRA de Montpellier. 2008. CENTRO STUDI E RICERCHE PER LE PALME – SANREMO. Prima segnalazione in Italia del curculionide delle palme, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus. Centro Sperimentale per il Vivaismo di Pistoia. 2005. Associazione Italiana Direttori e Tecnici Pubblici Giardini. GARDA PALME. Punteruolo rosso delle Palme. Regione Campania. Rhynchophorus ferrugineus . A praga que vai mudar a paisagem das zonas turísticas. RPW Red Palm Weevil. The European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO). Palmetto weevil, Rhynchophorus cruentatus Fabricius. University of Florida. IFAS Extension. The Red Palm Weevil in the Mediterranean Area. Vol. 46, No 4, Palms (formerly Principes), Journal of the International Palm Society. Chemical and behavioral ecology of palm weevils. Florida Entomologist 79(2). Florida Entomologist. Symptoms and population dynamics of Rhynchophorus cruentatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Canary Island date palms. The Red Palm Weevil. A serious threat to the Portuguese landscape. PREVENTION OF RED PALM WEEVIL (RHYNCHOPHORUS FERRUGINEUS OLIVER) INFESTATION IN DATE PALMS. ISHS. Palmetto weevil in Bismark palm [video].