What is it about?

Drosophila suzukii is reported for the first time in Algeria. It was detected in M'sila in the north-east of the country within an pomegranate agroecosystem near the salt lake Chott Zahrez Echergui.

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Why is it important?

This paper represents the first record of the invasive species D. suzukii in Algeria, listed on the EPPO A2 list of pests recommended for regulation (EPPO, 2022).


Additional research, including more extensive surveys, will be required to determine the occurrence of D. suzukii in fruit production throughout Algeria. It is necessary to study the potential trophic niche of D. suzukii in the orchards of El Kharza to consider an effective control strategy against this pest.

Ghania Barech
Universite de M'sila

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This page is a summary of: First record of the agricultural pest Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura, 1931) (Diptera: Drosophilidae) in Algeria, EPPO Bulletin, August 2022, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/epp.12866.
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