FF-IPM EU team develops a novel, highly automated, non-destructive system that reliably identifies FF-infested from un-infested fruit. Benaki Phytopathological Institute (BPI) has started to characterise the volatile profile of fruits infested by FF and determine whether this is FF or host specific. The specific volatile profiles will be used for the “training” and validation of an e-Nose system that can be deployed as a useful FF detection tool in different conditions (fruit consignments, orchards, warehouses).
Controlled infestation trials using different host fruits (peaches in this case), post-harvest fruit storage periods (i.e. kept in storage for different time periods) and
developmental stages of larval infestation will be conducted using alien FF within the bio-secure containment facility in BPI. Artificially infested fruits are placed within the facility and the ability of the e-Nose to detect them are evaluated.