the problem …
Manual monitoring for pest insects is costly and time consuming, but it is vital to managing pest outbreaks. Data is often required by international trade agreements to certify market access.
Fruit fly is the number one biosecurity issue in fruit and vegetable
production. Globally US$30 billion of fruit and vegetable production is
lost, and about US$18 billion in global trade is threatened, due to fruit fly.
the situation …
Monitoring for fruit fly and other key insect pests is presently done manually.
Globally, millions of traps are checked every 7–14 days. In Australia,
governments manually maintain and check 12,000 traps year round; the
state of California maintains 63,000 traps. Many more fruit fly traps and traps for other pests are maintained by growers for pest management!