Resistance of mexican fruit fly to quarantine treatments of high-pressure processing combined with cold

Juan F. Castañón-Rodríguez, Manuel A. Vargas-Ortiz, Pablo Montoya, Hugo S. García, Gonzalo Velazquez, José A. Ramírez, Manuel Vázquez

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Mexican fruit fly Anastrepha ludens Loew (Diptera: Tephritidae) is one of the most important insects infesting fruits. Although high pressure has been proposed as an alternative quarantine process for this pest, conditions applied to destroy eggs and larvae can also damage the fruits. The objective of this study was to assess the biological viability of A. ludens eggs treated by high-pressure processing at 0°C, establishing whether nondestroyed eggs and larvae preserved their ability to develop and reproduce. One-, 2-, 3-, and 4-day-old eggs were pressurized at 50, 70, or 90 MPa for 0, 3, 6, or 9min. The hatching ability of pressurized eggs and their capacity to develop larvae, pupae, and reproductive adults were evaluated. The ability of pressurized larvae to pupate was also registered. The results showed that most of the eggs that resisted the treatments were able to produce adults with capability to reproduce a new generation of A. ludens flies. Larvae were less resistant than eggs. All larvae were killed at 90MPa for 9 min. The pressure induced the expression of heat shock proteins (HSP) in second- and third-instar larvae. The HSP showed a baroprotective effect in A. ludens larvae. These results are relevant to the industry because they show that eggs of insects infesting fruits treated by high-pressure processing were able to pupate after treatments. This indicates that efforts must be addressed to destroy all eggs because most of the surviving organisms could reach an adult stage and reproduce. © Copyright 2011, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)815-823
Number of pages9
JournalFoodborne Pathogens and Disease
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes


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Castañón-Rodríguez, J. F., Vargas-Ortiz, M. A., Montoya, P., García, H. S., Velazquez, G., Ramírez, J. A., & Vázquez, M. (2011). Resistance of mexican fruit fly to quarantine treatments of high-pressure processing combined with cold. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, 815-823.