Let's preserve it
Drosophila suzukii, a threat to strawberry plants in Réunion
In October 2013 Drosophila suzukii was first observed in Reunion. The fruit fly was found in a strawberry field in the south. It was not expected to arrive so soon on the island, but its introduction was seen as extremely likely. 18 months have passed since the fly was first observed. So what is the current situation of Drosophila suzukii in Reunion?
The American researchers Robert Dowell and Eric Jang both work in the US on fruit flies. They have toured the world onto Reunion Island to come and test a new method of biological control against Bactrocera zonata.
Directing, editing and translation - Shannti Dinnoo
Honeybees of the Indian Ocean Islands: a diversity that must be preserved
Local honeybees are of major importance for both the economy and the environment. On the islands of the Southwest Indian Ocean, apiculture is an important activity, especially in Reunion Island, Madagascar, Mauritius and the Seychelles. The preservation of bees, which are essential for the pollination of plants, requires a better knowledge of their diversity.
Invasive Alien Species, a legal framework poorly suited to a complex problem
Man has acquired the power to completely transform his environment, disrupting the balance of ecosystems, often irreparably. Man’s introduction of new species into a given area is the second most significant threat to biodiversity, particularly in islands which are more sensitive to environmental disturbances. In Reunion Island, for example, where 30% of original habitats are still present, invasive alien species (IAS) have become the leading cause of biodiversity loss.