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Insect Pests In The Making
2014-03-19 21:19:27

UC Davis Of thousands of known species of Drosophila fruit flies, just one is known as a crop pest, depositing eggs inside ripening fruit so its maggots can feed and grow. New research from the University of California, Davis, shows the similarities and crucial differences between this pest and its close relatives — and that one related fly has potential to also become a pest. Drosophila flies, found worldwide, lay their eggs in rotting fruit. Drosophila suzukii, also referred to as...

2009-10-22 10:38:34

The Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata, is a world plague which represents one of the most serious problems for agriculture. However, the control methods currently present in the market for this plague are ineffective. The research group of the Institute of Biotechnology of the University of Granada (Spain) has isolated and identified a stump of the genus Bacillus, extremely toxic for larvae of C. capitata. After subjecting such stump to a specific treatment, protected by a patent,...

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2009-01-21 15:46:15

Balkan States Consider Sterile Insect Technique Against Mediterranean Fruit Fly Fruit farmers in Southern Europe have been struggling for decades in a losing battle against the Mediterranean fruit fly, or Medfly, which is one of the world's most destructive farm pests, since it lays its eggs in fruit and vegetables. The female can produce up to 800 offspring per season. The larvae or worms feed on the pulp of fruits, tunneling through it, and reducing the fruit to an inedible mush. The...

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2006-03-28 08:05:00

By Mica Rosenberg EL CERINAL, Guatemala -- Every week, Guatemalan scientists blast 2.7 billion fruit flies with radiation to make them sterile in a bizarre nuclear war against one of the world's most destructive farm pests. The flies, a threat to the fruit and vegetable industry in California and Florida, are then dropped from planes to copulate with fertile females in Guatemala, Mexico and the United States. Female medflies only mate once in their month-long lives but can lay up to 800 eggs...

2006-03-28 08:21:59

By Mica Rosenberg EL CERINAL, Guatemala (Reuters) - Every week, Guatemalan scientists blast 2.7 billion fruit flies with radiation to make them sterile in a bizarre nuclear war against one of the world's most destructive farm pests. The flies, a threat to the fruit and vegetable industry in California and Florida, are then dropped from planes to copulate with fertile females in Guatemala, Mexico and the United States. Female medflies only mate once in their month-long lives but can...


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