Brazil Embrapa seeks carambola biocontrols
Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture researchers are to "deepen their research" into discovering the natural predators of the non-native crop pest, carambola fruit flies (Bactrocera carambolae), as a potential means of its control. Scientists met at the agricultural research corporation, the Embrapa, this month to discuss new studies, and results from the government's 16-year eradication programme. They intend to study the pest's biology as part of new research. The pest originates in Asia, and attacks several fruit crops in Brazil causing "great losses" to growers. Outbreaks have been reported on carambolas, mangoes, cherries, oranges, apples, cashews and tangerines.