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A Location–aware System for Fruit Fly e-Monitoring and Pest Management Control (FruitFlyNet)
Start date: Dec 30, 2013, End date: Dec 29, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Project in brief The Mediterranean, olive, cherry and peach fruit flies are invasive insects which were accidentally introduced in the Mediterranean area in the past, constituting a constant economic burden to the agriculture sector: besides qualitative losses and quantitative degradations of crop production, adverse environmental and economic impacts through the increase of insecticidal applications are direct consequences of key pests. Climate change have also strongly affected the traditional geographic distribution of fruit flies which includes now new areas which were not considered suitable for insects colonization. FruitFlyNet project aims to develop and implement environmentally effective monitoring and ground spraying control solutions for specific key pests already established in the Mediterranean area. This initiative aims to become a valuable tool for an alert quarantine-based system in countries where invasive fruit flies are not yet settled, providing the necessary platform for early detection and targeted eradication measures. Specific objectives • To design and implement an innovative, integrated Location Aware System for fruit fly ground spraying control • To support the small fruit producers who cannot afford the insecticides to protect their crops against fruit flies Expected Results: • Fruit fly population monitored and counter measures developed to eradicate or limit the expansion of invasive species • Harmonized management strategies of concerned key pests achieved in Greece, Israel, Jordan, Italy and Spain • Reduced impact of agriculture activities on the environment thanks to an optimized use of pesticides • Quality and quantity of fruits available to local consumers at lower prices potentially increased • Insect fruit fly population densities decreased in the pilot areas
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  • 2007 - 2013 Mediterranean Sea Basin ENPI CBC
  • Project on KEEP Platform
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