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.
The battle against fruit flies continues in the Comoros
The fruit fly Bactrocera invadens (or dorsalis) was detected in 2005 in the Comoros archipelago and poses a considerable threat to fruit crops there. To control this pest, a biological control program was launched in 2013. This program, part of the thesis of entomologist Issa Mze Hassani, will examine the behavior of species of fruit flies in order to prepare for the introduction of one of its natural enemies, the tiny wasp Fopius arisanus.