Measuring the impact of spotted wing drosophila in 2013 – Your help needed!

Male (right) and female (left) Drosophila suzukii, or spotted wing drosophila, on a raspberry at the Upper Mountain Research Station, NC. Photo: Hannah Burrack

Male (right) and female (left) Drosophila suzukii, or spotted wing drosophila, on a raspberry at the Upper Mountain Research Station, NC. Photo: Hannah Burrack

Since its detection in North Carolina in 2010, Drosophila suzukii, commonly referred to as spotted wing drosophila (SWD), has become a key pest of berry crops including blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries.

The Southern IPM Center has supported a working group called eFly (which stands for eastern spotted wing drosophila fly) to coordinate scientists, extension personnel, growers, and marketers impacted by SWD.  The first eFly meeting was held in September 2012, and this group met for the second time January 8-9, 2014. The goals of this meeting were to:

  1. Update the SWD impact statement developed in 2012,
  2. Share research, extension, and education updates, and
  3. Identify and rank future research, extension, and education activites

To ensure that we accurately capture the impacts of SWD, we conducted a preliminary online survey here from December 19, 2013 through January 19, 2014.

At the eFly meeting, we reviewed the results of this survey and collaborated to develop a more comprehensive survey.  This new survey is available here and has also be distributed at grower meetings.  Please share your thoughts!

More information

Spotted wing drosophila factsheetsNC State University Strawberry Portal

Spotted wing drosophila impacts in the eastern United StatesSouthern IPM Center

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Written By

Dr. Hannah BurrackAssociate Professor and Extension Specialist (919) 513-4344 Entomology - NC State University

Posted on Dec 19, 2013

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