Red palm mite survey
The red palm mite (Raoiella indica) is an invasive alien species which has invaded the entire Caribbean and is spreading to both North and South America. Besides coconut, the pest also sometimes attacks bananas, plantains, and ornamentals such as heliconias and some species of ginger. Economic losses from red palm mite damage are substantial: a 50 – 70 % decline in coconut production has been reported in some areas. In order to combat this pest, CABI staff conducted surveys to determine the prevalence and impact of fungal pathogens on red palm mite populations in Antigua, Dominica, St Kitts/ Nevis and Trinidad.