Pacific Fruit Fly Project

Pacifly is the Pacific 's fruit fly web page which contains information about economic and non economic species of fruit flies in all the Pacific Island Countries and Territorries. Fruitflies are serious pests throughout tropical and sub tropical countries. They constitute of one of the worlds major insect pest in fresh fruits and fleshy vegetables. In every PICT, there is at least one damaging endemic fruit fly species present. Fruitflies cause direct losses to  fruit production and  in instances  where exotic species became established in a country, very expensive eradication programes had to be carried out. The Pacifly aims to provide detailed information of everything related to Fruit flies.

Bactrocera bryoniae

Bactrocera curvipennis

Surveillance in Solomon Islands revived during Festival of Pacific Arts
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:47
Quarantine Officer installing a trapThe Festival of Pacific Arts was a major gathering in which almost all the countries from the Pacific participated. Due to the nature of the event, there was a lot of movement of plant and animal products and thus a risk of introducing new pests and diseases, fruit flies in particular.

 

Two officers from Biosecurity and Trade Team of the Land Resources Division travelled to Solomon Islands to create awareness and assist Solomon Island quarantine officials set up a surveillance system. They set up about 40 fruit fly traps in Honiara to measure the population of fruit flies and also to trap any new species that may have been introduced during this event. The lures for these traps were CUE, Methyl Eugenol (ME) and Trimed.

 

Weekly servicing of the traps was conducted and specimens collected were identified to species level, with the assistance of the quarantine entomologist. Results indicated that only four economically important fruit flies were present. Other non-economically important fruit flies were also trapped. Continuous surveillance and identification of the fruit flies has indicated that no new species were introduced during the festival. Other information on fruit flies was also extracted from the trap collections.
 
Surveillance is continued by quarantine staff on a regular basis and traps are also maintained for continuous monitoring.

The Festival of Pacific Arts was a major gathering in which almost all the countries from the Pacific participated. Due to the nature of the event, there was a lot of movement of plant and animal products and thus a risk of introducing new pests and diseases, fruit flies in particular.

Two officers from Biosecurity and Trade Team of the Land Resources Division travelled to Solomon Islands to create awareness and assist Solomon Island quarantine officials set up a surveillance system. They set up about 40 fruit fly traps in Honiara [f1] to measure the population of fruit flies and also to trap any new species that may have been introduced during this event. The lures for these traps were CUE, Methyl Eugenol (ME) [f2] and Trimed.

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Quarantine Officer installing a trap

Weekly servicing of the traps was conducted and specimens collected were identified to species level, with the assistance of the quarantine entomologist. Results indicated that only four economically important fruit flies were present. Other non-economically important fruit flies were also trapped. Continuous surveillance and identification of the fruit flies has indicated that no new species were introduced during the festival. Other information on fruit flies was also extracted from the trap collections.

Surveillance is continued by quarantine staff on a regular basis and traps are also maintained for continuous monitoring.


[f1]what area? Honiara? the games village?

[f2]in full