It took 40 scientists in 20 countries to find out that four different fruit flies are actually the same. The highly destructive pests have wreaked their damage and threatened food security in the world’s poorest countries. The fruit flies are variously called the Oriental fruit fly, the Philippine fruit fly, the Invasive fruit fly, the Carambola fruit fly and the Asian Papaya fruit fly. They are found in Asia, Africa and South America, but can now be combined under one name – the Oriental fruit fly, and the Carambola is closely related. But Professor Tony Clarke, chair of fruit fly biology and management at Plant Biosecurity Co-operative Research Centre (PBCRC) and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), says it means the threat of an incursion of this fruit fly is even greater.
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