Cold Temperature Treatment for Mangosteens Infested with the Oriental Fruit Fly (Diptera: Tephritidae)

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The occurrence of the oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel), in Thailand limits entry of mangosteens to some foreign markets because of plant quarantine regulations. Mangosteens infested with 5-d-old larvae of B. dorsalis were held at 5, 6, and 7°C for varying periods. At these temperatures, probit 9 (99.9968%) mOltality was estimated to occur at 19.4, 24.9, and 24.9 d, respectively. A confirmatory test of 34,490 B. dorsalis larvae was conducted with no survivors after 13 d at 6°C. Criteria for shorter exposure times to cold treatment are discussed. Mangosteens could maintain their market quality up to 16 d after cold storage at 6°C for 12 d.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 1992

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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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