Submitted to: Meeting Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: October 20, 2008
Publication Date: November 21, 2008
Citation: Mangan, R.L. 2008. Fruit flies risk analysis: Current situation and perspectives. Proceedings of the 7th Meeting of the Working Group on Fruit Flies of the Western Hemisphere, Mazatlan, Mexico. p. 168-170.
Trade in fresh agricultural commodities involves probability of entry and establishment of exotic organisms into the importing region or country. The term "risk" includes the product of likelihood that exotic organisms will enter and become established (survive and reproduce) in the importing region and the costs of this introduction (environmental or economic. In agricultural trade, risk is usually expressed as the product of likelihood of introduction and establishment as a probability, and the cost in money of dealing with the introduction. The costs might include costs of management of a new pest, financial costs of eradication, or environmental costs due to ecological changes the introduction entails.