Temperature Effects on Olive Fruit Fly Infestation in the FlySim Cellular Automata Model

  • Vincenzo Bruno
  • Valerio Baldacchini
  • Salvatore Di Gregorio
Part of the Proceedings in Information and Communications Technology book series (PICT, volume 2)


FlySim is a Cellular Automata model developed for simulating infestation of olive fruit flies (Bactrocera Oleae) on olive (Olea europaea) groves. The flies move into the groves looking for mature olives where eggs are spawn. This serious agricultural problem is mainly tackled by using chemical agents at the first signs of the infestation, but organic productions with no or few chemicals are strongly requested by the market. Oil made with infested olives is poor in quality, nor olives are suitable for selling in stores. The FlySim model simulates the diffusion of flies looking for mature olives and the growing of flies due to atmospheric conditions. Foreseeing an infestation is the best way to prevent it and to reduce the need of chemicals in agriculture. In this work we investigated the effects of temperature on olive fruit flies and resulting infestation during late spring and summer.


Cellular Automaton Cellular Automaton Olive Tree Cellular Automaton Model Olive Fruit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincenzo Bruno
    • 1
  • Valerio Baldacchini
    • 2
  • Salvatore Di Gregorio
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of CalabriaArcavacataItaly
  2. 2.Department of EcologyUniversity of CalabriaArcavacataItaly
  3. 3.Department of MathematicsUniversity of CalabriaArcavacataItaly

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