On the usefulness of mathematical modelling for fruit fly control

Dufourd Claire, Weldon Christopher, Dumont Yves, Anguelov Roumen. 2016. On the usefulness of mathematical modelling for fruit fly control. In : Tephritid Workers of Europe, Africa and the Middle East: 3rd International Symposium 11-14 April 2016 Stellenbosch, South Africa. TEAM. Stellenbosch : TEAM, Résumé, p. 106. International Symposium of Tephritid Workers of Europe, Africa and the Middle East (TEAM 2016). 3, Stellenbosch, Afrique du Sud, 11 April 2016/14 April 2016.

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Abstract : Mathematics has become established as biology's new microscope. The aim of this contribution is to demonstrate the usefulness of mathematical modelling in dealing with two important aspects related to fruit fly control: (i) estimation of population parameters and (ii) design of successful control strategies. On the first aspect, we constructed a trapping model that allows for joint identification of several population parameters. Using this model we designed a feasible protocol using Mark-Release- Recapture experiments for reliable estimation of fruit fly population parameters, including density. An added benefit from this approach is the possibility to optimise the placement of traps in the field, duration of experiments, frequency of service, etc.. On the second aspect we conducted a threshold analysis for a model of mating disruption with trapping. The highly nonlinear relationship between the control effort and its impact on the population makes determining the optimal level of control a challenging problem that is resolved here by a combination of mathematical analysis and numerical computing. The developed models are generic insect models by nature and can be adapted to different fruit fly species. (Texte intégral)

Classification Agris : H10 - Pests of plants
U10 - Computer science, mathematics and statistics

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Dufourd Claire, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AMAP (ZAF)
  • Weldon Christopher, University of Pretoria (ZAF)
  • Dumont Yves, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AMAP (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0003-4817-685X
  • Anguelov Roumen, University of Pretoria (ZAF)

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