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Area-Wide Management of Fruit Fly Pests

1st Edition

Edited by Diana Perez-Staples, Francisco Diaz-Fleischer, Pablo Montoya, Maria Teresa Vera

CRC Press

384 pages | 73 Color Illus. | 54 B/W Illus.

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Fruit fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) pests have a profound impact on horticultural production and economy of many countries. It is fundamental to understand their biology and evaluate methods for their suppression, containment, or eradication. Area-Wide Management of Fruit Fly Pests comprises contributions from scientists from around the world on several species of tephritids working on diverse subjects with a focus on area-wide management of these pests.

The first three sections of the book explore aspects of the biology, ecology, physiology, behavior, taxonomy, and morphology of fruit flies. The next two sections provide evidence on the efficacy of attractants, risk assessment, quarantine, and post-harvest control methods. The fifth and sixth sections examine biological control methods such as the Sterile Insect Technique and the use of natural enemies of fruit flies. The seventh section focuses on area-wide integrated pest management and action programs. Finally, the eighth section examines social, economic, and policy issues of action programs aimed at involving the wider community in the control of these pests and facilitate the development of control programs.


  • Presents information on the biology of tephritid flies.
  • Provides knowledge on the use of natural enemies of fruit flies for their biological control.
  • Includes research results on models and diets used for the Sterile Insect Technique.
  • Reports developments on the chemical ecology of fruit flies that contribute to make control methods more specific and efficient.
  • Reviews subjects such as Holistic Pest Management and Area-Wide Management Programs including social, economic, and policy issues in various countries.

Table of Contents

The following are sections in the manuscript that will contain five to 10 small chapters per section. Area-Wide & Action Programs. Control Methods and Supporting Technology. Chemical Ecology and Attractants. Biology, Ecology, Physiology and Behavior. Advances in Sterile Insect Technique. Natural Enemies and Biological Control. Risk Analysis, Post-harvest & Quarantine.

About the Editors

Diana Pérez-Staples is a Research Professor at the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, where she has been a faculty member since 2008. Previously she was a postdoc at Macquarie University, Australia. Diana completed her PhD at the Institute of Ecology (INECOL, Mexico), and her masters at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She received her undergraduate degree from Reed College, USA. Her research is focused on the sexual behaviour of tephritid fruit flies and other insect pests, and on improving current control methods. Diana has received the L’Oréal-UNESCO fellowship for Women in Science and the Kathleen S. Anderson Award for Promising Biologists. Francisco Díaz-Fleischer has been a faculty member at the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico since 2008. He obtained his PhD at the Institute of Ecology (INECOL, Mexico). He is interested in the relationship between behavior and life-history of tephritid fruit flies in order to improve control method.Pablo Montoya is an expert on the use of Biological Control by Augmentation and the application of the Sterile Insect Technique against fruit fly pests, with over 60 published papers in scientific journals. He is a researcher and head of the Unit of Methods Development in the Mexican Program against Fruit Flies – SENASICA-SAGARPA.Teresa Vera is an expert on fruit fly reproductive biology and the assessment of sexual competitiveness for the implementation of the Sterile Insect Technique with over 50 published papers in scientific journals. Currently she is a researcher at the Argentinean Science Institute (CONICET) and teaches at the Facultad de Agronomía y Zootecnia, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán where she is member of the Editorial Board of the Revista Agronómica del Noroeste Argentino.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / Entomology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General