The potential of black ant (Dolichoderus sp.) as a biological control agents of the coconut leaf beetle (Brontispa longissima)

W. A. Wan Khairul Anuar, M. Fahmi, I. Badrulhisham, M. Bakhtiar, A. Mohd Rani, Idris Abd. Ghani

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Abstract

The study of coconut leaf beetle infestation, Brontispa longissima on palms and the effectiveness of biological agents as a method of control have been carried out in the laboratory. The study involves the effectiveness of potential black ants as biological agents in controlling beetle populations. The results of laboratory studies on the ability of black ant predation on the B. longissima found that the percentage of mean beetle are eaten by the group that has the number 100 black ants were higher and significantly different (P <0.05) as compared to group numbers 5, 20, 50 and 75 black ants. In addition, black ants also tend to attack and devour the B. longissima larvae and pupa stage compared to adult’s beetle via laboratory studies. It can be concluded that the B. longissima beetle has a great potential for causing considerable damage to the coconut tree which could affect coconut palm industry in Malaysia. However, the usage of biological agents as a control method had shown promising results in order to control the beetle infestation in coconut palm areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalSerangga
Volume22
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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Keywords

  • Biological control
  • Black ants
  • Brontispa longissima
  • Coconut leaf beetle
  • Dolichoderus sp.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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Wan Khairul Anuar, W. A., Fahmi, M., Badrulhisham, I., Bakhtiar, M., Mohd Rani, A., & Abd. Ghani, I. (2017). The potential of black ant (Dolichoderus sp.) as a biological control agents of the coconut leaf beetle (Brontispa longissima). Serangga, 22(2), 1-14.

The potential of black ant (Dolichoderus sp.) as a biological control agents of the coconut leaf beetle (Brontispa longissima). / Wan Khairul Anuar, W. A.; Fahmi, M.; Badrulhisham, I.; Bakhtiar, M.; Mohd Rani, A.; Abd. Ghani, Idris.

In: Serangga, Vol. 22, No. 2, 01.01.2017, p. 1-14.

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Wan Khairul Anuar, WA, Fahmi, M, Badrulhisham, I, Bakhtiar, M, Mohd Rani, A & Abd. Ghani, I 2017, 'The potential of black ant (Dolichoderus sp.) as a biological control agents of the coconut leaf beetle (Brontispa longissima)', Serangga, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 1-14.
Wan Khairul Anuar WA, Fahmi M, Badrulhisham I, Bakhtiar M, Mohd Rani A, Abd. Ghani I. The potential of black ant (Dolichoderus sp.) as a biological control agents of the coconut leaf beetle (Brontispa longissima). Serangga. 2017 Jan 1;22(2):1-14.
Wan Khairul Anuar, W. A. ; Fahmi, M. ; Badrulhisham, I. ; Bakhtiar, M. ; Mohd Rani, A. ; Abd. Ghani, Idris. / The potential of black ant (Dolichoderus sp.) as a biological control agents of the coconut leaf beetle (Brontispa longissima). In: Serangga. 2017 ; Vol. 22, No. 2. pp. 1-14.
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