Control strategies to reduce the impact of the spotted wing drosophila

Annabelle Firlej, researcher

Annabelle Firlej

Researcher

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Description

The spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii, is an exotic pest from Asia that was observed for the first time in Québec in 2010 and has been considered as a major pest since 2013. Our project aims to promote a biocontrol solution by testing a complex of natural enemies that attack the pest at different development stages.

Objective(s)

  • Delay pesticide treatments for the spotted wing drosophila
  • Test the efficacy of predators and parasitoids against the pest in the laboratory
  • Test different combinations of natural enemies under semi-natural conditions
  • Determine the effect of biological insecticides used against the pest on the selected natural enemies

From 2016 to 2019

Project duration

Fruit production

Activity areas

Pest, weed, and disease control, Organic farming

Services

Drosophila sterilization lowers the need for pesticide applications on ripe fruit.

Partners

Growing Forward 2 | Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Innov'Action Programme | Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada | Université Laval | University of Florida

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