Applied Entomology and Zoology

, Volume 51, Issue 2, pp 257–265 | Cite as

Interaction between Bactrocera oleae (Diptera: Tephritidae) infestation and fruit mineral element content in Olea europaea (Lamiales: Oleaceae) cultivars of global interest

  • Nikos Garantonakis
  • Kyriaki Varikou
  • Emmanouil Markakis
  • Athanasia Birouraki
  • Chrysa Sergentani
  • Georgios Psarras
  • Georgios C. KoubourisEmail author
Original Research Paper


Olive fruit fly Bactrocera oleae (Gmelin) (Diptera: Tephritidae) infestation levels were quantified in rainfed adult olive (Olea europaea L.) (Lamiales: Oleaceae) trees of seven cultivars originating from Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal and France to determine their relationships with fruit length, width, weight, oil and mineral element content and to investigate the effects of infestation on fruit properties. Fruit from the cultivars Koroneiki, Mastoidis, Picholine, Manzanilla, Arbequina, Branquita and Leccino was collected in November 2013 in Greece. Marked genotypic variation was observed for both total and alive fruit infestation with Manzanilla being the most susceptible and Arbequina the most resistant among the cultivars studied. Marked differences were recorded in the fruit mineral element content between the cultivars studied. B. oleae infestation was positively correlated with the fruit length, width, fresh weight, and K and Fe content. Also, B. oleae infestation caused significant changes in the P, K, Fe and Mg concentration in fruits, while an overall decreasing trend was observed for N. B. oleae infestation caused no significant changes in the fruit oil content of the studied cultivars. Results presented in this study supplemented with targeted integrated research on breeding resistant genotypes and developing improved pest control tools could contribute to important savings of resources as well as improvement of yields and food quality and safety.


Olive fruit fly Olive cultivars Fruit size Oil content Mineral elements 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikos Garantonakis
    • 1
  • Kyriaki Varikou
    • 1
  • Emmanouil Markakis
    • 1
  • Athanasia Birouraki
    • 1
  • Chrysa Sergentani
    • 1
  • Georgios Psarras
    • 1
  • Georgios C. Koubouris
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Olive Tree, Subtropical Plants and ViticultureHellenic Agricultural Organization “Demeter”ChaniaGreece

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