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Invasive Species and Biosecurity: Cost of Monitoring and Controlling Mediterranean Fruit Flies in Florida


  • Pierre, Raphael
  • Spreen, Thomas H.
  • Moss, Charles B.


The growing movement of people and goods that started in the closing years of the twentieth century has increased the possibility of the accidental or intentional introduction of biohazards that can affect agricultural production in the United States. This study examines the ex ante decision between the deployment of monitoring devices (traps) versus the use of countermeasures to control Mediterranean fruit flies in Florida. To examine this tradeoff, this study outlines a mathematical model to study the effectiveness of traps and the cost of treatment. The empirical results presented in this study indicate that additional parameterization efforts are needed.

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  • Pierre, Raphael & Spreen, Thomas H. & Moss, Charles B., 2006. "Invasive Species and Biosecurity: Cost of Monitoring and Controlling Mediterranean Fruit Flies in Florida," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 38(02), August.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:joaaec:43770

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    1. Christopher Lominac & Amitrajeet Batabyal, 2009. "An approach to the management of orchards that are vulnerable to attack by invasive species," Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences, Springer, vol. 2(2), pages 123-131, October.
    2. Amitrajeet A. Batabyal & Peter Nijkamp, 2007. "Optimal Resource Management in the Presence of a Deleterious Alien Species," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 07-085/3, Tinbergen Institute.

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    biohazards; conditional probability; cost of eradication; density functions; Food Security and Poverty; C60; Q12; Q57;

    JEL classification:

    • C60 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - General
    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets
    • Q57 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Ecological Economics


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