Fruit Fly Research and Development in Africa - Towards a Sustainable Management Strategy to Improve Horticulture

  • Sunday Ekesi
  • Samira A. Mohamed
  • Marc De Meyer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Biology and Ecology

  3. Pre-harvest and Post-harvest Management Measures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Samira A. Mohamed, Mohsen M. Ramadan, Sunday Ekesi
      Pages 325-368
    3. Jean -François Vayssières, Joachim Offenberg, Antonio Sinzogan, Appolinaire Adandonon, Rosine Wargui, Florence Anato et al.
      Pages 389-434
    4. Sunday Ekesi, Samira A. Mohamed, Marc De Meyer
      Pages 475-494
  4. Country Specific Action Programmes and Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 495-495
    2. Brian E. Isabirye, Caroline K. Nankinga, Alex Mayamba, Anne M. Akol, Ivan Rwomushana
      Pages 497-515
    3. Domingos R. Cugala, Marc De Meyer, Laura J. Canhanga
      Pages 531-552
    4. Vincent Umeh, Daniel Onukwu
      Pages 553-574
    5. Maxwell K. Billah, David D. Wilson
      Pages 601-627
    6. Preeaduth Sookar, Jean-Philippe Deguine
      Pages 629-669
  5. Experiences from Actions Programmes Outside Africa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 671-671
    2. Roger I. Vargas, Jaime C. Piñero, Luc Leblanc, Nicholas C. Manoukis, Ronald F. L. Mau
      Pages 673-693
    3. Pablo Liedo
      Pages 695-704
    4. David Midgarden, Alies van Sauers-Muller, Maria Julia Signoretti Godoy, Jean-François Vayssières
      Pages 705-736
  6. Socioeconomic Impact Assessment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 753-753
    2. Beatrice W. Muriithi, Gracious M. Diiro, Hippolyte Affognon, Sunday Ekesi
      Pages 755-770
  7. Lessons Learnt and Future Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 771-771
    2. Sunday Ekesi, Samira A. Mohamed, Marc De Meyer
      Pages 773-778

About this book


Horticultural sector presents many opportunities for economic development and improving livelihood of growers but several factors constrain production and limit the potential for trade of fruits and vegetables. Tephritid fruit flies constitute a major constraint. They cause enormous losses through direct feeding damage and loss of market opportunities through imposition of quarantine restrictions by importing countries to prevent entry and their establishment. In Africa, several native (Ceratitis and Dacus spp) and exotic (Bactrocera and Zeugodacus spp.) species inflict considerable losses to horticulture causing losses ranging from 30-90%. Over the past 10 years of R&D, extensive information has been generated on bioecology and management of several native and exotic fruit flies in Africa. While several specific reviews have addressed various aspects of the biology, ecology and management of economically important tephritid fruit flies; coverage of African native species has been limited largely to Bactrocera oleae and Ceratitis capitata – which are not economically important species in many Africa countries. Indeed, no book exist that have explicitly addressed economically important African fruit flies and none of the various reviews, have specifically focused on the status of the bioecology, economic impact and management of exotic and native fruit flies – including several potentially invasive Dacus species attacking vegetables - in Africa. This book consolidates this status of knowledge and socio-economic impact of various intervention techniques that are currently being applied across Africa. The timing of the book is especially pertinent due to the changing fruit fly landscape in Africa – caused by arrivals of the highly destructive alien invasives (Bactrocera dorsalis, B. zonata, and B. latifrons) - and the priorities African countries have placed recently on export of fruits and vegetables to international markets. This is an important reference material for researchers, academics and students that are keen at improving horticulture and enhancing food and nutrition security in Africa and beyond.


Fruit flies biology ecology management taxonomy

Editors and affiliations

  • Sunday Ekesi
    • 1
  • Samira A. Mohamed
    • 2
  • Marc De Meyer
    • 3
  1. 1.& Ecology (ICIPE)Intern. Centre of Insect Physiology & Ecology (ICIPE) NairobiKenya
  2. 2.Pant Health dept.Intern. Centre of Insect Physiology & Ecology (ICIPE)NairobiKenya
  3. 3.Entomology SectionRoyal Museum for Central AfricaTervurenBelgium

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