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International Cooperation on Fruit Flies continues

Posted on Thu, 29 Oct 2015, 13:52

The Technical Panel on Pest Free Areas and Systems Approaches for Fruit Flies (TPFF) convened in Vienna from 19 to 23 October 2015.

The TPFF is composed of 10 international fruit fly experts and includes a representative of the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, which also hosted the meeting. Chairperson for the TPFF was Ms Ana Lilia Montealegre Lara (Mexico). The collaboration between the IAEA and the FAO on fruit flies is an excellent example of inter-agency and international cooperation to create a solid scientific basis for IPPC standards, as well as a forum ...

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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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