Hilgardia
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University of California
Hilgardia

Early results suggest sterile flies may protect S. California from medfly

Authors

Robert V. Dowell
Isi A. Siddiqui
Fred Meyer
E. Leon Spaugy

Authors Affiliations

R.V. Dowell is Primary State Entomologist of California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and a Lecturer, Department of Entomology, UC Davis; I.A. Siddiqui is Special Assistant for Trade to Secretary of U.S. Department of Agriculture; F. Meyer was an Area Manager, CDFA; E.L. Spaugy is the retired Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 53(2):28-32. DOI:10.3733/ca.v053n02p28. March 1999.

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Abstract

Sterile medflies are being released at a weekly rate of 125,000 to 200,000 flies per week per square mile over a 2,155-square-mile area of urban Southern California to help prevent the development of new medfly infestations. This areawide approach reduced the annual number of infestations found from 1994 to 1998 in the treated area by 93.3%, compared to infestations detected between 1987 and 1993.

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Dowell R, Siddiqui I, Meyer F, Spaugy E. 1999. Early results suggest sterile flies may protect S. California from medfly. Hilgardia 53(2):28-32. DOI:10.3733/ca.v053n02p28
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