Dispersal of harmful fruit fly pests by international trade and a loop-mediated isothermal amplification assay to prevent their introduction

  • Simon Blaser | simon.blaser@agroscope.admin.ch Agroscope, Wädenswil; Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel; University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland. http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8572-0303
  • Cornelia Heusser Agroscope, Wädenswil, Switzerland.
  • Hanspeter Diem Federal Office for Agriculture, Zurich Airport, Switzerland.
  • Andreas von Felten Federal Office for Agriculture, Bern, Switzerland.
  • Morgan Gueuning Agroscope, Wädenswil, Switzerland.
  • Michael Andreou OptiGene Limited, Horsham, United Kingdom.
  • Neil Boonham The Food and Environment Research Agency, York; Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.
  • Jennifer Tomlinson The Food and Environment Research Agency, York, United Kingdom.
  • Pie Müller Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel; University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
  • Jürg Utzinger Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel; University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
  • Jürg E. Frey Agroscope, Wädenswil, Switzerland.
  • Beatrice Frey Agroscope, Wädenswil, Switzerland.
  • Andreas Bühlmann Agroscope, Wädenswil, Switzerland.

Abstract

Global trade of plant products represents one of the major driving forces for the spread of invasive insect pests. This visualization illustrates the problem of unintended dispersal of economically harmful fruit fly pests using geospatial maps based on interception data from the Swiss import control process. Furthermore, it reports the development of a molecular diagnostic assay for rapid identification of these pests at points of entry such as sea- and airports as a prevention measure. The assay reliably differentiates between target and non-target species within one hour and has been successfully evaluated for on-site use at a Swiss point of entry.

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Published
2018-11-12
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vHealth Communications
Keywords:
invasive fruit fly pests, plant health inspections, point of entry diagnostics, Loop-mediated isothermal amplification
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Blaser, S., Heusser, C., Diem, H., von Felten, A., Gueuning, M., Andreou, M., Boonham, N., Tomlinson, J., Müller, P., Utzinger, J., Frey, J. E., Frey, B., & Bühlmann, A. (2018). Dispersal of harmful fruit fly pests by international trade and a loop-mediated isothermal amplification assay to prevent their introduction. Geospatial Health, 13(2). https://doi.org/10.4081/gh.2018.726

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