Assessment of the fruit fly, Batrocera invadens, pest status and the establishment of the parasitoid, Fopius arisanus in Mozambique

Asian fruit flies in the genus Bactrocera (Diptera: Tephritidae) are regarded as some of the most destructive pests of fruits and vegetables worldwide and rank high on quarantine lists worldwide. Losses result from direct feeding damage, decay by opportunistic pathogens, and the loss of export market through quarantine restrictions imposed by importing countries to avoid entry and establishment of these pests. Bactrocera invadens is the most important pests of fruits and vegetables in Mozambique. The present project research will evaluate B. invadens population dynamics, fruit damage and yield loss due to fruit flies, conduct field releases and parasitoid establishment evaluation and will assess farmer’s perception on the occurrence and socio economic impact of B. invadens on fruit and vegetable production and food security.
Les mouches de fruit asiatiques de genre Bactrocera (Diptera: Tephritidae) sont considérés dans le monde entier comme parmi des parasites les plus destructifs des fruits et des légumes et se rangent à un haut niveau sur des listes de quarantaine dans le monde entier. Les pertes résultent des dommages directs d’alimentation, de l’affaiblissement par les microbes pathogènes opportunistes et de la perte du marché d’exportation par des restrictions de quarantaine imposées par des pays d’importation pour éviter l’entrée et l’établissement de ces parasites. Bactrocera invadens est le parasite le plus important des fruits et des légumes au Mozambique. La recherche actuelle de projet évaluera la dynamique de population de B. invadens, les dommages de fruit et la perte de rendement dus aux mouches de fruit, les dégagements de champ de conduite et l’évaluation d’établissement de parasitoide et évaluera la perception du fermier sur l’occurrence et l’impact socio-économique du B. invadens sur la production de fruits et de légumes et la sécurité alimentaire.
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"The 2010 RUFORUM Biennial Conference was the second in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholders in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Pests"