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About this book
Tephritid fruit flies are among the world’s most notorious pests of commercially important fruits and vegetables, and with ever-increasing human and product movement and accelerated global warming, these flies will have an even greater impact in the future. Information gathered through trapping is crucial to understanding their ecology, controlling their populations, and developing international trade agreements. This volume is the first devoted exclusively to trapping tephritid fruit flies and adopts a comprehensive and global approach in describing key empirical and theoretical issues.
The book consists of four major sections, which cover lures and traps, ecology and detection, attract-and-kill methods of control, and phytosanitary programs and regulations. Within this broad perspective, the authors focus on a diverse array of basic and applied topics, including the role of pheromones, food-baits, and plant odors as trap lures, dispersion and invasion biology, modeling detection programs, evaluation of bait stations, mass trapping, and male annihilation as control measures, and the role of trapping data in developing trade regulations. Representing 15 countries, the authors bring rich experience to the subject and ably describe current status as well as historical perspective and future direction of the selected topics. Useful manuals exist, but this book offers a much broader, academic, and international perspective to the core principles of tephritid trapping. The book’s audience will include researchers, teachers, animal and plant health administrators, and policy makers. Given the breadth of material covered and the exhaustive citation listing along with the increasing agricultural threat posed by tephritid fruit flies, this book will be an extremely valuable reference on the subject for many years to come.