Microwave treatment for pest control: the case of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus in Phoenix canariensis.
Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (red palm weevil) is currently one of the major threats to palms in the Mediterranean area. No single technique developed up to now seems able to completely eradicate this pest. This paper introduces microwave treatment as an effective tool to help the control of this insect; the effect of microwave radiation on palm tissues and on the curculionid is described and discussed. The main advantage of microwaves is their eco-compatibility, and preliminary results of their application to Rhynchophorus ferrugineus control are very promising.