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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: BIOLOGICALLY-BASED TECHNOLOGIES FOR MANAGEMENT OF CROP INSECT PESTS IN LOCAL AND AREA-WIDE PROGRAMS Title: Augmentative biological control of fruit flies

Author
item Sivinski, John

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: May 25, 2007
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Mass-releases of fruit fly parasitoids can result in significant pest population suppression. However, the costs are sometimes prohibitive and a number of research projects have centered on providing 1) the best possible candidates for the expensive procedure and 2) minimizing the procedural costs. A review of these projects covers the following: a) influence of abiotic and biotic factors on species distributions; b) the evolution of ovipositor length and host vulnerability; c) the use of host-radiation to minimize handling; d) the isolation of unused mass-reared fly larvae (e.g., females) for hosts; e) the multi-species exposure of hosts; and f) the use of cellular endosymbionts to generate all-female parasitoid lineages.

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