Published On: Wed, Jun 10th, 2015

Israel exports 400 million sterilized flies

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Israeli fruit flies that have undergone a special sterilization process in a radioactive facility will be exported to the Balkan countries in order to get rid of other flies that cause agricultural damage. The flies will be distributed for several months in orchards along the border between Croatia and Bosnia. Their purpose is to expel from the orchards fruit flies attacking agricultural crops.

BioBee Biological Systems develops natural enemies of agricultural pests and various biological pest control methods, will supply the flies.

Male pupae from flies exported by the company will be stored in Styrofoam packing in a state of unconsciousness, and are due to emerge only after reaching their destination. They will awaken only in the air, after being distributed by light aircraft above the orchards on the border between Bosnia and Croatia. The mission of the Israeli flies will then begin: they will search out female fruit flies and mate with them, after which the females will lay sterile eggs. BioBee says that if the mating is successful, the female fruit fly will not mate again, leading to a significant reduction in the fruit fly population…

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Published by Globes [online], Israel business news – www.globes-online.com

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