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Four devastating fruit flies pests are one and the same species

Posted on Fri, 28 Nov 2014, 12:46

A female oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis, laying eggs by inserting her ovipositor in the skin of a papaya. Image by Scott Bauer.

What difference could it possibly make if a bunch of scientists decided that what were once thought of as four different species of fruit fly actually belong to the same single species? Plenty, if the fruit flies in question are major plant pests, which these ones are.

Bactrocera invadens arrived in Kenya in 2003. It is small, less than 1 cm long. But it has a huge appetite, feeding on more than 200 different kinds of fruit ...

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ePhyto, building understanding and moving forward!!!

Posted on Mon, 03 Nov 2014, 12:07

The APPPC workshop on Building Understanding and Preparedness for Electronic Phytosanitary Certification was convened in Bangkok, Thailand from 28-30 October, 2014 with over 40 participants from 21 countries, the IPPC Secretariat and FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. The event was one of the implementation activities of the APPPC work plan, which highlights implementation of ISPMs especially ISPM 6, 12, 14 and 15.

During the workshop participants shared their country’s status on the use of hard copy certificates, and systems developed to use electronic certificates in their countries as well as successes, challenges and emerging issues.

The ...

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