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Mortality of Mango Weevils in Mangoes Treated by Dielectric Heating

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Mangoes, Mangifera indica L., cannot be shipped from Hawaii to the mainland United States because they are infested by the mango weevil, Sternochetus mangiferae (F.), and by other pests. Presently, fumigation with ethylene dibromide and vapor-heat can be used as quarantine treatments against such insects as the Mexican fruit fly, Anastrepha ludens (Loew) (Balock and Starr 1945, McPhail et al. 1963, Shaw and Lopez-D. 1954), but no quarantine treatments arc available against mango weevils. They are difficult to kill by fumigation because they are situated in the seed (Balock and Kozuma 1964), and the same difficulty would probably occur with vapor-heat (no data are available). However, vapor-heat might also injure the flesh of the varieties of mango grown in Hawaii.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 15, 1970

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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