Developing transfer tools to promote good integrated pest management practices for Spotted Wing Drosophila

Annabelle Firlej, researcher

Annabelle Firlej

Description

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.

Objective(s)

  • Promote the integrated management of Spotted Wing Drosophila by Québec berry growers.
  • Update documents that summarize the current state of knowledge about Spotted Wing Drosophila.
  • Produce two video clips: one that deals with monitoring and the other that promotes good practices for the integrated management of Spotted Wing Drosophila on Québec farms.

From 2019 to 2020

Project duration

Fruit production

Activity areas

Pest, weed, and disease control

Service

This project will promote the integrated management of spotted wing drosophila.

Partners

Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation | Quebec Reference Center for Agriculture and Agri-food

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