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Researchers Develop First Gene Drive Targeting Worldwide Crop Pest

From UC San Diego News Center

Biologists at the University of California San Diego have developed a method of manipulating the genes of an agricultural pest that has invaded much of the United States and caused millions of dollars in damage to high-value berry and other fruit crops.

Research led by Anna Buchman in the lab of Omar Akbari, a new UC San Diego insect genetics professor, describes the world’s first “gene drive” system—a mechanism for manipulating genetic inheritance—in Drosophila suzukii, a fruit fly commonly known as the spotted-wing drosophila. Continue reading

NC State receives $6.7 million to fight spotted wing drosophila

From NC State News

by Dee Shore

NC State has won a $6.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to undertake research and grower education efforts aimed at better managing a major new pest that causes hundreds of millions of dollars in annual agricultural losses.

Under the four-year specialty crop grant from USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture, NC State University scientists will join with researchers and extension specialists from across the nation to conduct on-farm tests aimed at finding new ways of effectively dealing with spotted wing drosophila, a tiny fruit fly that’s been causing big problems since it was first detected in North America in 2008.

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Five projects will help solve problems in agriculture & urban settings

Five projects funded for a total of $727,869 will explore new ways to manage mite-vectored wheat diseases, examine the dispersal and life history of the kudzu bug, test ways to manage spotted wing drosophila (SWD), develop online training for mosquito control and research ways to deal with bed bugs. All of the projects were funded by the USDA Southern Regional IPM grant program.

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Spotted wing drosophila a problem for Southern berry growers

From Southeast Farm Press

By Chris Bickers, Contributing Writer

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) began showing up in traps in North Carolina strawberry fields in late April.

The threat seemed pressing enough that the Extension service recommended preventive measures, said Hannah Burrack, North Carolina Extension entomologist.

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University of Florida Explores IPM Techniques for Spotted Wing Drosophila

by Candace Pollock (cpollock@uga.edu)

GAINESVILLE, Florida – University of Florida researchers are looking for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approaches to control a destructive pest of Florida small fruit crops.

Entomology graduate student Lindsy Iglesias, along with professor Oscar Liburd, are using a $10,837 Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) Graduate Student Grant to develop an IPM program to manage the spotted wing Drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) – a vinegar fly related to the common fruit fly.

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