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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: ESTABLISHING A FRUIT-FLY FREE-ZONE IN SOUTHWESTERN PUERTO RICO I: FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT

Location: Tropical Crops and Germplasm Research

Project Number: 6635-21000-050-03
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Jan 01, 2010
End Date: Mar 16, 2012

Objective:
Assess suitability and spatial distribution of hosts of Anastrepha spp. on different parts of Puerto Rico in order to evaluate the feasibility of establishing a fruit-fly free zone in Puerto Rico.

Approach:
The locations of known and potential host plants for Anastrepha spp. fruit flies will be recorded in a geographical information system. Potential hosts will be surveyed for infestations. Known hosts will be monitored to record phenology of fruiting. Geospatial analyses will be used to describe the availability of these hosts in space and time (when are fruit available?; how far apart are hosts?). This information will be used to assess the feasibility of establishing a fruit fly-free zone in Puerto Rico.

Last Modified: 9/2/2014
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