A newly submitted master’s thesis of Alberte Maimburg explores the effect of fruit flies on trade relationships between African countries and Europe.
African countries like Gambia are economically depended on mango production and exportation to international and European markets.
The presence of Bactrocera dorsalis in African mango producing countries affects mango production and exports, as great economic losses can be supervened due to quarantine restrictions and loss of export opportunities to countries, where this fruit fly is under regulation. In Europe, B. dorsalis is characterized as quarantine pest and exporters risk getting their shipment rejected upon arrival to Europe at their own expense.
This relation between the importance of mango cultivation for African countries, presence of B. dorsalis and quarantine regulations in European countries is discussed in the documentary video “Mango is Life”. Professor Papadopoulos contributed to the video as the coordinator of FF-IPM project by mentioning the European situation regarding quarantine regulations.
The video can be found: https://vimeo.com/830497408
This video is part of the master thesis of Alberte Maimburg “Mango is Life”