‘Unshackled’ palm-destroying beetles could soon invade Australia

17 Jun 2021
Rhinoceros beetle
An adult coconut rhinoceros beetle. Credit: Forest and Kim Starr 

A destructive pest beetle is edging closer to Australia as biological controls fail, destroying home gardens, plantations and biodiversity as they surge through nearby Pacific islands.

University of Queensland researcher Dr Kayvan Etebari has been studying how palm-loving coconut rhinoceros beetles have been accelerating their invasion.

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