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Millions of sterile fruit flies released in Croatian citrus orchards

Using Sterile Insect Technique in Croatian citrus orchards

An article by FreshFruitPortal
Published on December 22nd, 2014

“Batches of sterilized male Mediterranean fruit flies have been released onto Croatian citrus orchards in a bid to reduce the pest populations causing major problems for the sector.

The flies were sent over by BioBee, which specializes in Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) and is partnering with orchards in the Balkan country located close to the border with Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Apart from reducing fruit fly population, the whole idea of using the Sterile Insect Technique is to ensure crops are protected and can produce commercial-sized yields viable for sale and export”.

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