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Website will help growers combat fruit pest
Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010
PULLMAN – Fruit growers concerned about the threat and impact of Spotted Wing Drosophila have a new, one-stop shop for information with the creation of a WSU website dedicated to the pest – http://extension.wsu.edu/swd/Pages/default.aspx.
First detected in the United States in California in 2008, Spotted Wing Drosophila is a “vinegar fly” or “fruit fly” that attacks ripening fruit as well as rotting fruit. It is considered a serious threat to Pacific Coast fruit crops such as cherry, peach, nectarine, plum, pluot, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry and strawberry.
The new website is designed to serve as a resource for commercial tree fruit growers in eastern Washington who are potentially impacted by SWD. It includes regularly updated, region-specific trap capture data, biological background about the pest, integrated pest management strategies and popular press coverage of SWD. The site also provides an opportunity for users to subscribe to receive alerts by text or email about SWD news and updates.