Control of Spotted Winged Drosophila

In 2019 the Australian strawberry and raspberry industries supported IPM Technologies entomologists Paul Horne and Jessica Page to try and develop an IPM compatible approach to deal with Spotted Winged Drosophila (SWD) if it arrives in Australia.  To do this, Paul and Jessica visited advisors and farmers in England and Denmark in June 2019 to look at current approaches and to see if they could suggest any additional control options to trial.

This is a valuable follow-up to the visit they made to Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland in 2017 where they formulated some ideas but needed a higher-pressure environment such as in southern England in order to test these out.

In this trip they received great support from advisors Graham Moore and Rosie Houston from FAST (Fruit Advisory Service Team) in England and Nina Jorgensen in Denmark.