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Fruit Fly detection and interception, the FF-IPM project response

28/04/2022 @9.00 CET

The first webinar of this series is an introduction to an emerging problem, the planned approach and the results achieved so far. In-silico boosted, pest prevention and off-season focused IPM against new and emerging fruit flies.

Africa Museum


Smart-trapping & deployment strategy for surveillance of invasive fruit flies

30/6/2022 @16.00 Athens time

Interception of alien species of fruit flies (Tephritidae) is the first step in reducing the risk of invasion and establishment of this economically important group of insect pests. Interception is based on routine screening and surveillance, and on the use of effective devices to detect and/or trap these insects (in their different stages of development). Regarding the interception of adult specimens of fruit flies, all sort of traps and attractants are currently being used. Their deployment in surveilled areas respond to all sort of models which take into consideration the biology of the pest and host, the potential efficacy of the trap and deployment scheme to detect present adults of the invading fruit fly, and costs.

During the last 15 years, electronic “smart-traps” have been propose and developed. The idea of the smart-traps is to increase the effectiveness of monitoring and trapping, and reduce the need and frequency for in-site human service. The use of smart-trap in fruit fly monitoring and surveillance is already starting to take place, and is expected to importantly reduce costs and increase the effectiveness of surveillance, monitoring and decision-making.

The present webinar will review current knowledge on smart-trapping, and invasive fruit fly surveillance and interception. In addition, the webinar will also present the strategy being proposed by the FF-IPM project, and results generated during the first 2 years of the project, which includes the development of a novel smart-trap specifically tailored for invasive Bactrocera and Ceratitis species, deployment options and the use of decision-making algorithms, which are expected to optimize surveillance of invasive fruit flies.

David Nestel

Agricultural Research Organisation (ARO)


Exploiting functional biodiversity to manage the populations of fruit flies

Fruit flies are some of the most damaging insect pests of horticulture, threatening fruit and vegetable production throughout the humid tropics and sub-tropics.  The Oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis is one of the most notorious of these invasive dipterans.  We used DYMEX to develop a process-based population dynamics model of B. dorsalis as the centrepiece of a real-time pest forecasting system.  The model functions were derived mostly from the published literature, supplemented with experiments conducted within the FF IPM project.  Attention was paid to the microclimates inhabited by the different lifestages of B. dorsalis.  The model was tested using historical trapping data from a range of sites across the native and invaded range of B. dorsalis.

In this presentation we sketch out the B. dorsalis model, show how it performs against trapping data, and comment on future efforts to embed this model in a real-time pest modelling framework, including links to automated surveillance systems.

Darren Kriticos

Cervantes Agritech


Effect of ground management on survival of Ceratitis capitata

Description will follow

Josep A. Jaques

Universitat Jaume I de Castelló (UJI)


Interception of fruit fly infested fruits in cargo shipment

The Electronic Nose, is a small and fast odor monitoring and recognition system adapted to sense fruit-flies according to the different smell that the fruit releases.

Panos Mylonas

Benakeion Phytopathological Institute (BPI)