Ceratitis capitata, the Mediterranean fruit fly, is one of the greatest economic pests of fruit worldwide. Adult flies require a protein food source in order to develop eggs, which may include animal excrement. A laboratory study, which investigated the possibility of C. capitata transmission of Escherichia coli to intact apples, found that the Mediterranean fruit fly is a potential vector of human pathogens to fruit and unpasteurized fruit juices.
PAS editors note: The content of this story is outside of the Phytosanitary Alert System’s typical focus; however since it involved such an important plant pest we felt the information was worth sharing to our readers.
For the full article:
Sela, S., D. Nestel, R. Pinto, E. Nemny-Lavy, and M. Bar-Joseph. 2005. Mediterranean Fruit Fly as a Potential Vector of Bacterial Pathogens. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 71(7): 4052-4056.