Industry representatives: Harriet Duncalfe - H&H Duncalfe, Peterborough
Marion Regan - High Lowe Farms, Maidstone
Oliver Doubleday - G.H. Dean and Co Ltd, Sittingbourne
AHDB Horticulture cost: £41, 577
This project will identify the daily and season behavioural rhythms of Drosophila suzukii (spotted wing drosophila, SWD) in order to exploit its behaviour for future pest control in UK fruit crops. It will determine the environmental factors that affect behaviour and how these interact with pesticide efficacy and trapping.
2) Validate predicted D. suzukii daily and seasonal activity patterns in the field
3) Test trapping devices and approved chemical and biochemical plant protection products on the most vulnerable life stages, including optimal field temperatures for control of D. suzukii
4) Formulate recommendations for optimizing D. suzukii detection and control strategies for susceptible UK crops