Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), the subject of numerous publications worldwide, is a major berry crop pest in Québec. SWD sparked a literature review and the publication of a technical document in 2017 by Firlej and Vanoosthuyse that provided stakeholders with an overview of the available information on this insect.
The current project will update these documents to reflect today’s body of knowledge. This update, published by IRDA, will incorporate information from more recent scientific articles, including more than 100 scientific articles published within the past year, as well as information on new methods for controlling this insect. Along with these published updates, two video clips will be produced: one that describes methods for monitoring SWD adults and larvae, and the other that advocates best farming practices that minimize SWD infestations. This project will promote the integrated management of SWD by conveying useful tools directly to Québec’s berry growers and agronomists working in this area.
From 2019 to 2020
Pest, weed, and disease control
This project will promote the integrated management of spotted wing drosophila.
Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation | Quebec Reference Center for Agriculture and Agri-food
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