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Since mass rearing radically alters selection pressure and may cause changes in mating ability or mating effectiveness in some Diptera (Bush et al.
Our objectives were to determine whether irradiation compromised the mating ability of the males and whether adults would mate more than once.
The absence of mating enhancement may have reflected very small amounts of [alpha]-copaene in the mango cultivars tested or a particular mixture of compounds that diminished or blocked [alpha]-copaene's effect on the male medflies, or absence of another compound(s) that acts synergistically with [alpha]-copaene to promote male mating ability.