Recent advances in Spotted Wing Drosophila control in fruit crops

14 Feb 2024
Spotted wing drosophilia on a leaf

NIAB’s Dr Michelle Fountain explains about some of the latest NIAB research on the invasive fly that changed the fruit industry…

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD, Drosophila suzukii) is a small vinegar fly specialised to exploit fruit by laying eggs in fruits which are not yet ripe, presumably reducing its competition with other species that are more adapted to laying eggs in ripe, overripe or even rotting fruit.

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