March 2010

March 12th

Last fall, OSU researchers identified the spotted wing drosophila, a pest never before documented in Oregon. Immediately, a multi-state, multi-agency research team launched an intensive investigation to learn the fly’s overwintering habits, its reproduction rates and its preferred fruits, and they have tested a variety of baits, traps, and controls. Now, as the first flies show up in the researchers’ traps, the team has launched a multi-state management plan, and is presenting this information in workshops throughout Oregon, California and Washington.