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Safj 2022 02 Fruit Fly Featured
February / March 2022

Efficacy of fruit fly trapping systems in SA

SA Fruit Journal: February / March 2022

By Aruna Manrakhan*1,2, John-Henry Daneel1, Rooikie Beck1, Claire N Love1, Martin J Gilbert2, Massimiliano Virgilio3 and Marc De Meyer3

There is a zero tolerance of fruit fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) pests in commercial fruit exported from SA. Commercial fruits in the country are affected by different fruit fly species. The most widespread indigenous fruit fly pest in SA is Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann), the Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly), which affects various fruit types.

In 2013, an invasive fruit fly pest: Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel), the Oriental fruit fly, was declared present in the northern parts of the country. The Oriental fruit fly still has a restricted distribution in SA, being mainly in the northern and north-eastern areas of the country.

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