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SYMPOSIUM: Forest Pests: Insects and Disease
Room 313A

Forest pests damage Hawaii’s forests, both native and non-native, reducing their biological, cultural, and economic values. In the past decade several significant pests have been accidently introduced to Hawaii raising public concern. Perhaps the most concerning is the introduction of guava rust or ‘ohia rust’ (Puccinia psidii) which has an unusually wide host range in the Myrtaceae family. Researchers have been documenting the existence of multiple strains worldwide to support establishment of quarantine rules to safeguard Hawaii’s most important forest tree. Insect pests such as the Erythrina gall wasp (Quadrastichus erythrinae) and Myoporum thrips (Klambothrips myopori), also recently introduced, have damaged forest resources in throughout the state. Since options for control of many forests pests are limited once they are established in the state, prevention is of paramount importance.

Chair: Robert Hauff
3-7 Integrated Management of Alien Predators in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
David Foote*1, Cause Hanna2, Eric Spurr3
1U.S.G.S, Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center, USA, 2University of California Berkeley, ESPM, USA, 3Landcare Research Inc, New Zealand
3-8 Eurytoma erythrinae, a successful biological control agent against the Erythrina Gall Wasp in Hawaii
Leyla V. Kaufman*1, Juliana Yalemar2, Mark G. Wright1
1University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA, 2Hawaii Department of Agriculture, USA
3-9 Genetic variation in Puccinia psidii, the fungus that causes slight rust of ohia
Philip Cannon
US Forest Service, United States
3-10 A rule designed to protect ōhi‘a forests by preventing new strains of Puccinia psidii from establishing in Hawai‘i: rationale, process, and implications
Carol Okada*1, Lloyd Loope2, Robert Hauff3
1HDOA-PQ, United States, 2USGS-PIERC, United States, 3DLNR-DOFAW, United States
3-11 Evaluating Policy Options for the Management of Puccinia psidii in Hawai‘i
Kimberly Burnett*, Sean D'Evelyn, Christopher Wada
University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, USA