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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Biology, Control, and Area-Wide Management of Fruit Flies and Other Quarantine Pests

Location: Tropical Crop and Commodity Protection Research

Title: Development of liquid larval diet with modified rearing system for Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel) (Diptera:Tephritidae) for the application of sterile insect technique

Authors
item Khan, Mahfuza -
item Hossain, Aftab -
item Khan, Shakil -
item Islam, Saidul -
item Chang, Chiou Ling

Submitted to: ARPN Journal of Agricultural and Biological Science
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: October 1, 2011
Publication Date: October 15, 2011
Citation: Khan, M., Hossain, A.M., Khan, S.A., Islam, S.M., Chang, C.L. 2011. Development of liquid larval diet with modified rearing system for Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel) (Diptera:Tephritidae) for the application of sterile insect technique. ARPN Journal of Agricultural and Biological Science. 6(10):52-57.

Interpretive Summary: The Oriental fruit fly is a wide-spread pest of fruit and vegetable agriculture throughout the Pacific islands and South East Asia. One of the approaches to managing this important pest is use of a sterile insect technique (SIT). SIT is largely depending on mass rearing of the insects. Liquid diet has been developed for oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis in Hawaii. The liquid diet technology has been transferred to the institute of Food and Radiation Biology, Atomic Energy Research Establishment in Bangladesh. This work is to see whether liquid diet technology is able to implement in Bangladesh to rear B. dorsalis in Bangladesh by modifying rearing system and some ingredients like yeast

Technical Abstract: A liquid larval diet and its rearing system have been developed for mass rearing of Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel) in Hawaii. Rearing facility in Institute of Food and Radiation Biology, Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Dhaka, Bangladesh, modified protein source from brewer's yeast to a combination of 3 components (baking yeast, soy bran, and soy protein in 2:1:1 ratio) and developed into a semi-liquid diet and resulted in better production and fly quality because this modification solved the drowning problem due to the liquid overflow. Therefore, they are able to use liquid diet to rear B. dorsalis in Bangladesh now. This is one successful example of liquid diet technology transfer.

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