Symbiosis unites natural enemies

Published on
March 20, 2018

The current artificial diet used in the laboratory rearing of the olive fruit fly does not fulfil the mass rearing facility requirements in terms of cost and insect productivity. Discovering ways to improve the quality and quantity of produced insects has been a challenge for each scientist involved in the area-wide integrated pest management programs of olive fruit fly populations. Utilization of gut symbionts as supplements in the artificial diet could contribute to the improvement of mass rearing in both olive fruit flies and their parasitoids.

Panagiota Koskinioti MSc.