Spotted Wing Drosophila Working Group to Identify and Prioritize Research and Extension Needs
Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) continues to be a serious challenge for fruit growers in the Northeast and elsewhere. To protect fruit from egg-laying adults, repeated applications of insecticides have become the norm, from the onset of ripening through harvest. We anticipate that SWD will continue to occur yearly in the Northeast placing berry crops and potentially stone fruit and grapes at recurring high risk of damage. Significant damage and increased pesticide use have become routine occurrences since 2012. We need to continue to address this new challenge through the SWD IPM Working Group and update, refine and identify priorities. Through this process the Working Group (growers and other industry representatives, researchers, extension educators, and regulators) will increase grower awareness of the pest, develop new management approaches, and share those with the fruit industry. Our goal is to continue our working group comprised of scientists, extension educators, growers, and other stakeholders to develop and share research, regulatory, education and extension priorities and resources for addressing SWD, a major and significant invasive pest of fruit crops to foster development and adoption of IPM and address economic, environmental and human health issues.
NYS IPM Type: Project Report
New York State Integrated Pest Management Program
Agricultural IPM; Fruits; Tree Fruit; Berries; Blueberries; Cherries; Grapes; Peaches and Nectarines; Raspberries; Strawberries