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CAB Reviews

A reviews journal covering agriculture, global health, nutrition, natural resources and veterinary science

CAB Review

Monitoring tools and sampling methods for major date palm pests.


This review provides summary of the most commonly used methods and tools for monitoring and sampling of date palm pests. Emphasis is given to major pests of economic importance. The paper is arranged into different sections, which deal with morphology and architecture of date palm as one of the most important aspects in the process of sampling. The ecological concepts and terminologies used including mathematical models and monitoring and sampling plans for the major date palm pests. For convenience, major pests were grouped according to their taxonomic orders and the part of date palm they damage into the following: red palm weevil, Dubas bug, date moth, mites, scale insects, trunk and frond borers, sap beetles and stored date pests. The review specified the gaps in sampling plans available for major date palm pests as well as future research priorities to enhance the existing sampling and monitoring techniques.