Global warming: New species of fruit fly threaten fruit cultivation

General

e-nema GmbH is one of 21 partners in the European research project Fruit-Flies In-silico , called ‘FF IPM’.

The project 'FF IPM' ('In-silico boosted, pest prevention and off-season focused IPM against new and emerging fruit flows') focuses on three immigrant fruit fly species.  They have a broad spectrum of host plants and pose an immediate threat to European fresh fruit production:

  • Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitate)
  • Oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis)
  • Peach fruit fly  (Bactrocera zonata)

On the one hand, the flies are spread via natural migration into new, climate-suitable areas, as well as through the transport of infested fruits through trade and tourism.

To this project, Dr. Arne Peters (e-nema GmbH) and his team will bring their expertise on biocontrol with beneficial nematodes. They are researching a suitable formulation in which entomopathogenic nematodes can be used successfully against these fruit flies.

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Dr. Arne Peters (e-nema GmbH) – Foto: k-film, Michal Kottmeier

 

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