COLD DISINFESTATION OF FRUIT FLIES IN AUSTRALIAN TABLE GRAPES
Table grapes are harvested from early November to June in the sub-tropical and temperate zones of Australia for export. In parts of Australia where fruit flies are present they are regarded as critical quarantine pests and require disinfestation. Cold treatments were found to be effective, and within the optimum storage temperatures that preserve table grape quality. Selected temperatures and exposure periods that did not adversely affect fruit quality were subjected to a series of verification trials to satisfy quarantine authorities in Japan. The results proved the success of cold treatments at 1, 2 and 3°C using exposure times of 16, 18 and 20 days to achieve probit 9 level of quarantine security.
De Lima, C.P.F. (2015). COLD DISINFESTATION OF FRUIT FLIES IN AUSTRALIAN TABLE GRAPES . Acta Hortic. 1088, 335-338
quarantine pests, temperature × time treatments, market access, probit 9