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FF-IPM

The FF-IPM project targets three highly polyphagous fruit fly (FF) species (Tephritidae) that cause devastating losses to fresh fruit producing industry;the Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata), a serious emerging pest in northern temperate areas of Europe, the Oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis) and the peach fruit fly (B. zonata), two major new (invasive) pests, which pose an imminent threat to European horticulture. It aims to introduce in-silico (computer) supported prevention, detection and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approaches for both new and emerging FF, based on spatial modelling across a wide range of spatial levels, novel decision support systems, and new knowledge regarding biological traits of the target species, fruit trading and socioeconomics. FF-IPM introduces a fundamental paradigm shift in FF IPM towards “OFF-Season” management of emerging pests targeting the overwintering generation when population undergoes significant bottlenecks, and hence, preventing population build up later in season. “ON-Season” control approaches will be developed for different spatial scales considering both existing and developed tools and services. Innovative prevention tools to track FF infested fruit (e-nose) and rapidly identify intercepted specimens (Rapid-Molecular-Pest-ID tools) in imported commodities and at processing industries will be developed. Species specific e-trapping systems for the three-target FF will be advanced and deployed by novel detection strategies based on spatial modelling. Both “ON and OFF-Season” IPM approaches and detection strategies will be validated in selected locations in 8 different countries. FF-IPM generated data on FF response under stress conditions, overwintering dynamics, establishment and dispersion patterns of low population densities combined with advanced spatial population modelling is expected to contribute towards understanding drivers of emerging and new pest under climate change scenarios.