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also Med·fly  (mĕd′flī′)


n, pl -fly or -flies
(Animals) another name for Mediterranean fruit fly


or Med•fly


n., pl. -flies.
Mediterranean fruit fly.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.medfly - small black-and-white fly that damages citrus and other fruits by implanting eggs that hatch inside the fruitmedfly - small black-and-white fly that damages citrus and other fruits by implanting eggs that hatch inside the fruit
fruit fly, pomace fly - any of numerous small insects whose larvae feed on fruits
Ceratitis, genus Ceratitis - Mediterranean fruit flies
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Given the importance of the horticultural industries of Guatemala, Mexico and the USA and the potential for economic damage as a result of medfly establishment, the governments of the 3 countries decided to join efforts against this pest.
Narrative analysis for the policy analyst: A case study of the 1980-1982 medfly controversy in California.
humilis from sub-Saharan Africa, especially after an efficient massrearing method was developed in the 1950s using Medfly reared on an artificial diet (Daane and Johnson 2010).
The Government has estimated that spending BZ$ 1 on the Medfly programme generated direct or indirect benefits of up to BZ$ 140.
There are mechanical, cultural, biological, and chemical control measures that can be used to control and eliminate Medflies, however, preventing the Medfly from establishing itself on the mainland would be less expensive than control measures.
The genes of the medfly, also known as the lethal Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata), were engineered by Ernst A.
Medflies are known to exist in 65 countries that export fresh produce to the United States, Because female medflies lay their eggs inside the produce, USDA regulates fresh produce importation to reduce the rate of new invasions, Among the approved and commonly applied ways to eliminate medfly larvae is cold treatment: refrigeration at a mandatory average temperature for a specific time period.
Large-scale forces also play symbolic and social roles: the film is bookended by helicopters spraying the city during the Medfly infestation of 1990 (14) and a minor earthquake that unify all the characters under what Michael Davis has called L.
Assessing Risk: A Public Analysis of the Medfly Eradication Program.
38 For example, in 1989, a previously unknown group called the Breeders threatened to spread the Medfly to damage crops in California if the state did not stop aerial spraying of pesticides.
Much of the search for medfly detection and control techniques are focused on mating behavior and sexual communication signals, i.
What had prompted this extraordinary demonstration was the discovery of a single medfly in the Port of Long Beach, some 20 miles south of Los Angeles.