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Understanding and optimising entomopathogenic fungi for control of Spotted Wing Drosophila

Abstract

Virulence of entomopathogenic fungi against spotted wing drosophila is determined by a multitude of interacting factors, including fungal pathogenicity effectors and components of the Drosophilidae immune response. The efficacy of entomopathogenic fungi as control agents in the field is further influenced by application parameters as well as biotic and abiotic variables.

Description

Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura, 1931) (spotted wing drosophila, SWD) is a generalist insect pest of soft fruit. Scientific observations were first made in mainland Japan from 1916 where its potential threat to the cherry industry was identified. Since then it has spread to the rest of the world; it was first recorded in the UK in August 2010.

Funding Body

CTP for Fruit Crop Research

Lead Organisation

NIAB EMR

Partners

Harper Adams University

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