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The Mediterranean fruit fly in California: taking stock


James R. Carey

Author Affiliations

J. R. Carey is Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, UC Davis.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 46(1):12-17. DOI:10.3733/ca.v046n01p12. January 1992.

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Medflies have been captured in California 11 different years since 1975, and every year since 1986. Ten eradication programs have been mounted against this pest at a cost of over $150 million. While considerable scientific debate still exists on the nature of the medfly problem in the state, most agriculturalists agree that the problem is probably long-term. This paper provides a brief historical background of the medfly in the state, reviews existing control technologies and outlines future research needs and directions.

Carey J. 1992. The Mediterranean fruit fly in California: taking stock. Hilgardia 46(1):12-17. DOI:10.3733/ca.v046n01p12
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