Give us your priorities for spotted wing Drosophila research and education

Researchers are inviting growers, consultants and other industry stakeholders to take a short survey on their priorities for new research and extension on spotted wing Drosophila.

Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) is an invasive insect pest that has recently arrived in the Midwest from its original home range in Asia. For more information on the insect and its management, see our website at www.ipm.msu.edu/SWD.htm

SWD is a significant risk to the fruit industry, and we have a lot to learn about how best to tackle this insect. A group of research and Extension staff at Michigan State University and across the eastern United States are seeking input from growers, consultants and other industry stakeholders on the priority areas for us to focus our attention on.

A short survey has been developed and is available online at http://tinyurl.com/7sfbr26. We request that you fill out the questions by December 1. This will only take 15 minutes of your time and it will be very helpful information as we develop responses to this new challenge for fruit producers.

Thanks in advance for your input!

Dr. Isaacs’  work is funded in part by MSU’s AgBioResearch.

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