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Resolution of Cryptic Species Complexes of Tephritid Pests to Overcome Constraints to SIT Application and International Trade (D41023)


Research have demonstrated that the Oriental fruit fly, the Philippine fruit fly, the Invasive fruit fly, the Asian Papaya fruit fly are all the same biological species and have now been combined under the single name: Bactrocera dorsalis or the Oriental fruit fly. (Photo Credit: Ana Rodriguez)


A global research effort has finally resolved a major biosecurity issue: four of the world’s most destructive agricultural pests are actually one and the same.
For twenty years some of the world’s most damaging pest fruit flies have been almost impossible to distinguish from each other. The ability to identify pests is central to quarantine, trade, pest management and basic research.
In 2009 a coordinated research effort, "Resolution of Cryptic Species Complexes of Tephritid Pests to Overcome Constraints to SIT Application and International Trade (D41023)", got underway to definitively answer this question by resolving the differences, if any, between four of the most destructive fruit flies: the Oriental fruit fly, the Philippine fruit fly, the Invasive fruit fly and the Asian Papaya fruit fly.
These species cause incalculable damage to horticultural industries and food security across Africa, Asia and the Pacific.



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