Local Management and Landscape Use Intensity Associated with a Coffee Leaf-Chewing Beetle

Ryan Kuesel, David J. Gonthier, Magdalena Cruz, Chatura Vaiyda, Aaron L. Iverson, Ivette Perfecto

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Agroecological factors at local-management and landscape scales influence organisms residing in agriculture. Management for control of insect pests of agricultural commodities can be facilitated by our knowledge of these factors. We sampled for a minor coffee pest, a leaf-chewing beetle (Rhabdopterus jansoni), across sites that varied in coffee shade management and landscape land use composition. We show that R. jansoni abundance increased with higher local shade tree density, and the percentage of high-shade plantations and habitat diversity in the surrounding landscape. Sites at lower elevations also had more R. jansoni than at higher elevations. This study suggests that this minor pest prefers high-shade plantations, landscapes dominated by high-shade coffee land use, and lower elevations. These results will be useful for understanding this pest's population dynamics with continuing shade intensification and climate change occurring in the Mexican and Central American coffee growing region.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Specialist publicationAgroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
StatePublished - May 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Support was provided by the University of Michigan, Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, NSF-GRF (DGE-0718128) to D. Gonthier, NSF grant (DEB-1309786) to D. Gonthier and I. Perfecto, NSF grant (DEB 1020096) to S. Philpott.


  • Rhabdopterus
  • herbivore
  • management
  • pest control
  • scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Development
  • Agronomy and Crop Science


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