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New fruit fly lure developed from pest's favorite scent

A new lure developed by ARS scientists based on cucumber aromas may help provide better control of melon fruit flies, one of four non-native fruit fly species that cost Hawaii’s fruit and vegetable growers up to $15 million in losses annually and threatens the mainland United States. (Photo courtesy of ARS News Service.)

Ongoing development and testing of a new melon fruit fly lure derived from cucumbers may lead to improved monitoring and control of this costly agricultural pest. That’s the goal of U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists who developed the lure in studies at the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s Tropical Crop and Commodity Protection Research Unit in Hilo, Hawaii.

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