Grower input needed for spotted wing Drosophila survey

Information gathered from this survey will help entomologists measure the impact of spotted wing Drosophila on agricultural production and will be used to prioritize research, Extension and education activities for SWD.

December 22, 2014 - Author: , , Department of Entomology

As spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) becomes more established throughout the United States, it has become increasingly important to understand the impacts this pest has had in different crops and regions.

A group of entomologists at Michigan State University, Cornell University, Rutgers University and North Carolina State University — participants in the eFly Working Group — are conducting an online stakeholder needs assessment. The purpose of this survey is to collect information measuring the impact of SWD on agricultural production, and the information collected will be used to prioritize research, Extension and education activities for SWD.

Participation in the survey is voluntary. Survey respondents are not asked for personal identifying information and individual survey responses will not be presented. This information will be very useful for keeping research projects focused on grower needs and will help justify the need for future research and education projects.

Take the survey here: 2014 SWD Impact Assessment

Tags: agriculture, apples, berries, blueberries, cherries, chestnuts, fruit & nuts, grapes, invasive species, msu extension, natural resources, peaches, pest management

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