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February 2018

Good bugs vs bad: using biological controls in SWD management

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

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,…

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Management of spotted wing drosophila using organically approved strategies: An update

February 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) has emerged as a devastating pest of small and stone fruits worldwide. Losses due to SWD can be as high as 100% and have been valued more than $718 million annually in the U.S. The zero tolerance for SWD in fresh fruit has led conventional growers to make preventative insecticide applications when fruit are ripe. Organic management of SWD is even more challenging due to the low number of effective OMRI-approved materials and limited understanding on…

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