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EPPO Reporting Service no. 01 - 2003 Num. article: 2003/010

Doses for ionizing irradiation against fruit flies

A review of the literature and research results on irradiation against Tephritidae was done to determine whether generic irradiation treatments against fruit flies could be proposed. The article gives details on the history of irradiation, on criteria for tests and on doses for irradiation against Tephritidae. Based on literature data, the authors suggest that there is sufficient evidence to recommend a generic treatment against all Tephritidae with a minimum absorbed dose of 150 Gy. It is also suggested that fruits should not have been stored in hypoxic conditions prior to treatment, because fruit flies are more resistant to irradiation in these conditions.


Hallman, G.; Loaharanu, P. (2002) Generic ionizing radiation quarantine treatments against fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) proposed.
Journal of economic entomology 95(5), pp 893-901