MSU Extension to offer spotted wing Drosophila workshops this spring
Learn how to monitor and manage spotted wing Drosophila in 2012.
MSU Extension will provide three in-depth workshops on spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) biology and management this spring, designed for crop scouts, consultants and fruit growers. This invasive insect was detected in Michigan in late 2010 and in many other eastern US states in 2011 and is now found in most major fruit producing regions of the country. Spotted wing Drosophila is a pest of berries and other soft fruits, and will require active management by growers to minimize its economic impact.
This workshop will include the latest research information as well as hands-on training in monitoring, identification and fruit sampling. The workshop has been developed to help integrate SWD management into IPM programs. It will be led by members of the MSU Department of Entomology who have been studying this insect since its arrival in Michigan.