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Good Results! And Hawaii's Fruit Flies!

>> Monday, March 15, 2010

I am happy to report that I received a 51/52 on my first MG test! :)
In class we learned about the 4 fruit flies negatively affecting Hawaii's commercial agriculture and backyard growers. The fruit fly essentially destroyed the profitable mango production on Kauai.  However, with the help of the University of Hawaii and the USDA  the fruit fly is better under control in Hawaii.  The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), Hawaii publishes a very good white paper on fruit flies.  

Since I live at about 20-25ft my garden will be most affected by the Oriental Fruit Fly and the Melon Fruit Fly.  Since I currently have no vegetables or fruits in my current garden, I plan to set out traps within the next month to get baseline numbers.  Soon we will be building raised vegetable garden beds and I will be grafting a lemon-lime citrus tree.  So it is only a matter of time before fruit flies affect my backyard garden!  And good management is the only solution.
Oriental Fruit Fly

Melon Fruit Fly

"Hawaii is the only state under a full federal fruit fly quarantine; the presence of fruit flies in Hawaii is a threat to U.S. mainland agriculture and a major bottleneck to the expansion of diversified agriculture in the state, for local as well as export sales."  from the Hawaii Invasive Species Program 


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