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Sterile Medfly use promoted in Argentina

Argentine authorities are promoting the use of sterile flies as part of a biological control programme against Mediterranean fruit flies ( Ceratitis capitata). The Argentine national health and inspection service, the Senasa, is training rural, technical and professional workers in the use of sterile flies with emphasis on the “cold release of adults”. Its actions are part of its commitment to a deal with EU authorities, it says. The Senasa is visiting several fruit producers’ estates, and explaining to the general public “the environmentally-friendly practice”, while advising on applicable chemical treatments against the pest. Mediterranean fruit flies are among the most destructive to fruit plantations, the Senasa says.

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