A new peer-review manuscript (authored by Dr. Pulkit Marwah, Dr. Yu Yvette Zhang, and Dr. Mengmeng Gu) on the impacts of the crapemyrtle bark scale on consumers and the horticulture industry is now available online. Here is the abstract!
Abstract: In this study, we conducted a nationwide online survey, including discrete choice scenarios, to understand consumers’ purchasing behavior for flowering trees and shrubs for home landscapes in the US. In particular, we studied crapemyrtle, which is the most popular summer flowering tree in the US. This research evaluates the change in consumer willingness to pay for crapemyrtle plants due to pest infestation damage. Our study showed that the consumer willingness to pay (WTP) for crapemyrtles will decrease, due to the changes in their attributes, such as flower density and bark color, if infested by crapemyrtle bark scale (CMBS). We also analyzed the effect of consumers’ personal characteristics, including their risk attitude, on their willingness to pay for crapemyrtle plants (Table 1).Table 1: Mixed logit estimates and WTPs for different crapemyrtle attributes and individual characteristics.
For more details, please access the full article here: https://doi.org/10.3390/su14031857