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Good bugs vs bad: using biological controls in SWD management

February 23, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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National team will present latest information on biological control of Spotted Wing Drosophila
With funding from the USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative, a team of researchers from across the United States is collaborating to improve management of spotted wing Drosophila. This invasive pest has challenged producers of berries and cherries across the United States and around the world in recent years. A key component of the project is to learn the role of biological control in controlling spotted Wing Drosophila, and to discover new biocontrol agents. To update growers and other stakeholders, the team will report on the current state of their research during a one hour webinar on February 23 from 12-1pm Eastern Time (9-10am Pacific Time). Titled “Good Bugs vs Bad: Using Biological Controls in SWD Management”. This webinar will include an overview of the project, an update on the native biocontrol agents that have been found in surveys at farms from Oregon to Maine, and the latest information on their search for parasitic wasps from Asia. This webinar is free and open to all. Register with your name and email address at


Contact: Lauren Diepenbrock, NC State University,


February 23, 2018
9:00 am - 10:00 am


Lauren Diepenbrock
Washington State University