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Research Project: Systematics of Flies of Importance in Agroecosystems and the Environment

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: Compendium of fruit fly host plant information: The USDA primary reference in establishing fruit fly regulated host plants

item Liquido, Nicanor
item McQuate, Grant
item SUITER, K. - North Carolina State University
item Norrbom, Allen
item Yee, Wee
item Chang, Chiou

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/18/2019
Publication Date: 11/22/2019
Citation: Liquido, N.J., Mcquate, G.T., Suiter, K.A., Norrbom, A.L., Yee, W.L., Chang, C.L. 2019. Compendium of fruit fly host plant information: The USDA primary reference in establishing fruit fly regulated host plants. Book Chapter. 363-368.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Background: USDA-APHIS-PPQ has a strategic goal to develop decision tools to prevent the entry and spread of quarantine-significant fruit flies posing threats to the health of U.S. agriculture and natural resources. To achieve this strategic goal, USDA-APHIS-PPQ developed the Compendium of Fruit Fly Host Information (in short, CoFFHI: – an interactive application integrating verified records of fruit fly infestations on their documented host plants, worldwide. CoFFHI is currently in its fourth edition. Methods: Pertinent publications and manuscripts were acquired through the use of searchable online databases. Infestation data retrieved from the literature were classified as providing field infestation data, laboratory infestation data, interception data, or a mere listing of a fruit or vegetable as a host without providing any verifiable supporting data (i.e., listing only the names of the plant and fly). The taxonomy of recorded host plants was verified using the USDA-ARS Germplasm Repository Information Network (GRIN, and other taxonomic resources. Results: CoFFHI, Edition 4.0 has four integral components: (1) Comprehensive fruit fly species-specific host plant databases of 24 select quarantine-significant fruit fly pests of horticultural commodities; (2) Provisional host lists for the same 24 select fruit fly pests; (3) the Tephritidae Databases, which comprise name, host plant, and distribution data for all fruit fly species; and, (4) Infestation records of the Dacinae of the Pacific Islands. Conclusion. CoFFHI, Edition 4.0 is a vital USDA decision tool in achieving the core mission of APHIS-PPQ in preventing the introduction and establishment of exotic fruit flies into the U.S. and in facilitating safe domestic and international agricultural trade.