Here are summaries of some of the IPM research, innovations and projects going on in Hawaii, or benefitting Hawaii agriculture, communities and natural areas. Projects listed here are not necessarily funded by the Western IPM Center.
- IPM Protects Macadamia Nut Production on Hawaii
Macadamia nuts are an identity crop for Hawaii, like chile in New Mexico or potatoes in Idaho. Macadamia orchards cover some 18,000 acres on Hawaii and generate $53 million annually. But since the arrival of the macadamia felted coccid in 2005, maintaining that production and profitability has become more difficult. Now IPM is showing growers how to manage the tiny scale insect before it causes branch dieback and kills trees.
- Building a Sweet Niche for Hawaiian Cacao
On Hawaii, a dedicated group of cacao growers, processors and researchers are building a cacao industry aimed at producing distinctive, high-quality cacao, the raw ingredient the world's top chocolatiers seek to craft their best bars. Keeping pests off the islands is a necessary part of that plan.
- IPM Keeps Hawaii's Coffee Industry Brewing
In 2010, the coffee berry borer threatened Hawaii's coffee industry. An IPM program that promotes end-of-season sanitation was developed by growers and researchers and has kept the industry thriving.
- Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle
In 2015, the Invasive Species Insects Subgroup focused on coconut rhinoceros beetle, an invasive insect spreading across the Pacific. In March of that year, a work group gathered after the Hawaiian Entomological Society meeting to share the latest information and research on the beetle.
- School IPM Protects Kids from Pests and Pesticides
Both pests and pesticides are potentially harmful for kids and adults in schools. Common schools pests like the German cockroach or mice can carry disease and cause allergic responses. And children can be more at risk for harm from sprayed pesticides because of their behavior – playing on the floor or in grassy fields, for instance – and because of their developing physiology.
- Pesticide Safety Training for Hawaii's Farm Sector
Farmworker safety training often comes with language challenges - but few places more so than Hawaii, where the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaii recently produced two pesticide-safety training chartsin English, Mandarin, Tagalog and Thai.
- Decoding Chemical Communications to Control Insects
University of California, Riverside chemical ecologist Jocelyn Millar identifies the chemical signals insects use to communicate, then synthesizes versions of them to help monitor, trap or disrupt their activities. Lygus bug is just one of dozens of species Millar and his team are working on. The common thread is that they all communicate chemically, and decoding those chemical signals can create new ways to control those species where they are pests.
- Toolkit for Assessing IPM Outcomes and Impacts
The Western IPM Center’s IPM Adoption and Impacts Assessment Work Group, a collection of natural and social scientists from across the country, created online resources showing IPM researchers how to conduct basic impact assessments.
- Pollinator Protection in the Pacific
The need to protect and conserve beneficial insects - especially pollinators - is being increasingly recognized. The Western IPM Center led the Pacific Pollinator Protection Program, a Center signature project, to help Pacific Island growers protect these valuable species.
- Water Quality Protection
To protect water sources from pollution by pesticides, one of the first Western IPM Center signature projects created training materials for proper pesticide application for agriculture, professional landscapers and homeowners. In a little more than one year, the slides were downloaded 106 times in 20 U.S. states and one Canadian province, and used to train more than 1,400 people.
- VIDEO: Functional Agricultural Biodiversity
- Farmers embracing functional agricultural biodiversity incorporate habitat for beneficial insects and wildlife on their farms - and benefit from the ecosystem service that habitat provides.
- Eco-Label Programs Promote IPM, but Aren't Perfect
Eco-label programs have clear benefits and promote more sustainable pest-management and growing practices. They also provide certain benefits for growers but have downsides as well. Significant differences between the programs can make judging eco labels challenging for consumers, and with dozens of similar yet competing certification programs and standards, chaos is likely for the foreseeable future.
- VIDEO: Urban Farm Pest Pressures and Solutions
- Learn about the pest pressures faced by urban farmers -- and how integrated pest management provides economical solutions -- with Ariel Agenbroad, Local Food & Farms Advisor with University of Idaho Extension.
- VIDEO: Where to Get Good Gardening Advice
- In this video, Ariel Agenbroad from University of Idaho offers great tips for home gardeners about where to get good pest-management advice.