Low-Temperature Storage as a Quarantine Treatment for the Caribbean Fruit Fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) in Florida Citrus

Author: Benschoter, C. A.

Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 77, Number 5, October 1984 , pp. 1233-1235(3)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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'Marsh' and 'Ruby Red' grapefruits were infested by the Caribbean fruit fly, Anastrepha suspensa (Loew), in a cage, held at 10 or 15.6°C for 7 days (cold conditioning), then stored at 1.7°C for periods of 7, 9, 12, 15, and 19 days. 'Pineapple' and 'Valencia' oranges were handled in the same way except they were not "conditioned" before cold storage. The exposure periods required to provide 99.9968% mortality (probit 9) of A. suspensa infestations in grapefruit, based on puparia recovered, were calculated by computer-programmed probit analysis to be 30 days for fruit conditioned at 10°C and 18.6 days for fruit conditioned at 15.6°C No A. suspensa survived in 'Pineapple' oranges exposed to 1.70°C for 12, 15, or 19 days. Attempts to infest 'Valencia' oranges with the Caribbean fruit fly were unsuccessful.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1984

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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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