Feb 6, 2020
Watch the 2019 Spotted Wing Drosophila Summit presentations online

Spotted wing drosophila continues to be a top priority of Michigan’s cherry industry. To provide the industry with the most up-to-date SWD information, Michigan State Extension and the Cherry Marketing Institute hosted the 2019 SWD Summit last November.

The  2019 (SWD) Summit was in-part supported by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research’s Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Specialty Crop Block Grant programs.

Growers, consultants, industry representatives, Extension educators and researchers attended this day-long summit to learn about the accomplishments of the SWD Task Force’s recent grant funded research. This year’s summit featured MSU’s latest in SWD research from new findings of SWD biology and behavior, cherry variety susceptibility, considerations for trapping, and opportunities for integrated pest management.

If you missed this important meeting, video recordings of select presentations are now available online. View them on YouTube at 2019 Spotted Wing Drosophila Summit.

– Emily Pochubay

Wounds from spotted wing drosophila on Ulster sweet cherries at the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center on July 22, 2019. Photo: Emily Pochubay/ MSU Extension.

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