OLIVE FRUIT FLY: A threat to the South African olive industry?

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Olive fruit fly (Bactrocera oleae) is the most serious pest of cultivated olives in the Mediterranean basin. to date we have not seen the same level of damage in south africa, but the question remained whether it poses a similar threat as the local olive industry expands. From this study it is clear that the climatic con- ditions during the period preceding harvest are un- favourable for rapid population growth of OFF in the Western Cape, in contrast to conditions in the coastal area of Trapani province in Sicily. Climate, and not parasitism, appears to be the main factor limiting OFF population levels in the Western Cape. While sporadic outbreaks of economically damaging OFF infestations can be expected in areas where the climatic conditions during a particular season or part of a season are favourable for OFF, the generally un- favourable climatic conditions mean that OFF is not expected to pose a similar threat to olive production in the Western Cape as it does in the Mediterranean basin.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-72
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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