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Pacific Science Board First Annual Report

Nature volume 162, pages 268269 (14 August 1948) | Download Citation

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THE first annual report of the Pacific Science Board (National Research Council, Washington 25), set up as a result of the Pacific Science Conference, 1946, covers the year 1947, and outlines the steps being taken under the project for the co-ordinated investigation of Micronesian anthropology to fill gaps in our scientific knowledge of the Marshall, Caroline and Mariana Islands, and to provide the basic information required in setting up civilian government in these trust territories of the United States. A permanent Insect Control v Committee has been appointed for Micronesia, and five entomologists have been sent to survey the distribution and destruction of coco-nut palms caused by the rhinoceros beetle (Oryctes rhinoceros), to study the coco-nut beetle (Brontispa mariana) and the giant African snail (Achatina fulica) and to search for parasites or natural enemies for the control of these pests. An entomological survey of the Palau Islands is also in progress.

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