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Argentina significantly cuts fruit fly plague

Argentine authorities’ measures have caused a “considerable” reduction in the presence of Mediterranean fruit flies ( Ceratitis capitata) in treated areas. The national animal and plant health inspection service, the Senasa, has worked with the private sector under the eradication programme, Procem Nea, principally using the aerial application of Dow AgroSciences’ insecticide, spinosad. The first stage of the programme included treating earlier this year some 78,500 ha dominated by citrus fruit ( Agrow No 638, p23) . Procem Nea is monitoring and evaluating the fruit fly population dynamics before determining the next moves. But the programme contemplates continuing with aerial spraying of the insecticide as well as the employment of “mass trap” setting.

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