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EPPO Reporting Service no. 06 - 1993 Num. article: 1993/115

Quarantine treatment for courgettes infested with Bactrocera cucumis

Bactrocera cucumis (EPPO A1 quarantine pest as a non-European tephritid) is a serious pest of cucurbits, tomato and papaya and is distributed in Australia only. Experiments have been conducted in Australia to test the efficiency of a vapour-heat treatment for courgettes infested with B. cucumis. Courgettes infested with 22 h old eggs of the pest were completely disinfested using the vapour-heat treatment of 45ø C with ;94 RH for 30 min. An estimated total of 178 219 eggs were treated without survivors, thus achieving probit 9 (99,9968% mortality). It was also found that the eggs of the pest were significantly more tolerant to heat than first, second and third instars of B. cucumis.

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Corcoran, R.J.; Heather, N.W.; Heard, T.A. (1993) Vapour heat-treatment for zucchini infested with Bactrocera cucumis (Diptera: Tephritidae).
Journal of Economic Entomology 86, 66-69.