Input requested on Spotted Wing Drosophila research and education priorities


Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) is an invasive insect pest that has recently arrived in the Midwest from its original home range in Asia. For more information on the insect and its management, see our website at http://www.ipm.msu.edu/SWD.htm.

SWD is a significant risk to the fruit industry, and we have a lot to learn about how best to tackle this insect. A group of research and extension staff at MSU and across the eastern US are seeking input from grower, consultant, and other industry stakeholders on the priority areas for us to focus our attention on.

A short survey has been developed and this is available online at this link: http://tinyurl.com/7sfbr26. We request that you fill out the questions by December 1. This will only take 15 minutes of your time, and it will be very helpful information as we develop responses to this new challenge for fruit producers.

Thanks in advance for your input!

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