Embrapa specialists have mapped areas of the Brazilian territory that have more favorable conditions for the development of the insect pest Bactrocera dorsalis, currently absent in the country. The generated maps will support public policies to prevent the pest, also known as oriental fruit fly, from entering Brazil.
As most fruit trees are hosts of the insect, the entry of the insect pest in the country is a threat to the national fruit culture due to the possible damage caused to the fruits. Based on bioecological assessments of the insect and territorial zoning, carried out by Embrapa Meio Ambiente (SP) and Embrapa Territorial (SP), the study identified the availability, in almost the entire Brazilian territory, of host plants.
The results of these studies were sent to the Agricultural Defense Department of the Ministry of Agriculture (Mapa), to support measures to prevent the pest from entering the country and immediate control actions.