EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 04 - 2020 Num. article: 2020/066

Recommendations to policy makers from Euphresco projects

The following research project has recently been carried out in the framework of Euphresco (network for phytosanitary research coordination and funding - hosted by EPPO). A report presenting the main objectives and results of this project, as well as recommendations made to policy makers can be viewed on the Internet.

Development and implementation of early detection tools and effective management strategies for invasive non-European and other selected fruit fly species of economic importance (FLY DETECT)

The project focussed on monitoring of fruit fly species in Austria, Bulgaria and Greece and on the study of volatiles produced by infested fruits, in order to develop a volatile(s)-based diagnostic tool (e-nose). 

The potential of fruit flies to be introduced and further spread in Europe is shown by the recent outbreaks of Bactrocera dorsalis in Italy and the fact that Ceratitis capitata has become a major pest of apples in the area of Trentino, Italy, jeopardising the integrated pest management (IPM) programme applied against codling moth, Cydia pomonella. Therefore, monitoring activities for fruit fly species (e.g. B. dorsalis, B. zonata, C. capitata, Myiopardalis pardalina would greatly facilitate the early detection of any new occurrence. Volatiles that can be used to distinguish between infested and healthy fruits have been identified during the project. Efforts should be made to explore in detail the effect of other variables such as the cultivar or storage conditions on the emission of these compounds. Odorant-based detection tools (e-noses) are available and could be assessed for their ability to detect infested fruits.

Authors: Milonas, Panagiotis; Egartner, Alois; Ivanova, Ivanka

Duration of the project: from 2016-04-01 to 2019-03-31.

Link: https://zenodo.org/record/3732297#.XoGzV4gzbIV


Euphresco (2019-04). https://www.euphresco.net/projects/