The Spotted Wing Drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) is the most destructive pest in agriculture today because of the negative impact it has on worldwide berry production. New management strategies must be developed since there are a limited number of biological tools available to manage the pest. This project will formulate multiple independent, but potentially synergistic, strategies by developing intercropping systems and documenting the safety and efficacy of two Asian parasitoids as biological control agents with the goal of supporting an application for their release in Canada. We are also looking to develop new microbial organic products and plant growth promoters that will boost crop resistance to the Spotted Wing Drosophila.
From 2018 to 2023
Pest, weed, and disease control
This project will allow us to develop new biological strategies to control Spotted Wing Drosophila.
Active AgriScience | Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada | Association des producteurs de fraises et framboises du Québec | Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (UBC Farm) | Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension | Organic Science Cluster | Université de Montréal | University of New Brunswick
In a high density strawberry crop grown in sod covered with plastic mulch, evaluate the toxicity of bioinsecticides for controlling tarnished plant bugs and strawberry blossom beetles and of bioherbicides for controlling weeds in and between crop rows.
Researcher: Daniel Cormier
This project helped to determine if there is a significant correlation between the number of adult spotted wing drosophila captured and yield losses observed in the field.
Researcher: Annabelle Firlej