Authors: Kevin Malod, Eleftheria-Maria D. Bali, Corentin Gledel, Laura Moquet, Anandi Bierman, Evmorfia Bataka, Christopher W. Weldon, Minette Karsten, Hélène Delatte, Nikos T. Papadopoulos, John S. Terblanche
In this study, the FF-IPM team explored the effect of thermal history on performance and fitness traits of Ceratitis capitata, Bactrocera dorsalis and Bactrocera zonata. The results revealed that the main factor affecting most flight traits was body mass, as a result, flight performance of B. dorsalis is greater than that of B. zonata and C. capitata. Also, warmer acclimation temperatures may allow pest fruit flies to disperse further and faster. These data are informative for pest management, for determining the size of new quarantine areas based on the thermal environment and for biological control programs.
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