Low-cost Larval Diets for Mass Production of the Olive Fruit Fly

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Low-cost larval diets for mass production of Dacus oleae (Gmelin) were developed and compared. Diets SFC and MNC containing inexpensive celluloses and diets CCG and CCM containing corn cob were found satisfactory. Two brands of brewer's yeast (differing in cost) tested with these diets gave similar yields. Diet CCG with corn cob grits was the most economical and reduced the cost of pupal production up to 4 times compared with the control diets. It also improved significantly pupal yield.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1975

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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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