The eFly Spotted Wing Drosophila Working Group is comprised of scientists, extension specialists and agents, fruit growers and marketers, and educators working to develop management strategies for spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii, SWD), a rapidly spreading and increasingly significant pest of soft skinned fruits.
The current goals of the eFly SWD Working group are to:
- Facilitate coordination of SWD research, extension, and education activities
- Develop an eFly web page to coordinate regional information and connect with national information
- Rank and revise SWD research, extension, and education priorities
- Maintain and update SWD impact statements in the eastern US
The first eFly meeting was held in Raleigh, NC on September 20-21, 2012, with support from a Southern Integrated Pest Management Center (SIPMC) Critical Issues Grant. This group included 51 growers, researchers, extension personnel, fruit marketers, and others from throughout the eastern United States and Canada. The second eFly meeting is scheduled for January 8-9, 2014 in Savannah, GA.
The outputs of this meeting included an impact statement for SWD in eastern US and a ranked list of SWD research, extension, and education activities. It was necessary to assemble this group quickly because, prior to this meeting, there was no formal mechanism for the disparate research and extension practitioners in the eastern US to share the results of their activities, coordinate projects, and develop coherent extension messages.
Continued need for eFly
SWD is a truly game-changing pest for fruit production, and as such, significant research and extension activity has been undertaken to address the challenges it poses. A USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) project, SWD*IPM, helps coordinate research and extension activities on SWD in western agricultural systems, but this project was funded prior to the detection of SWD in the eastern US. Climate and production practices differ greatly between the western and eastern US. eFly, along with a working group supported by the Northeastern IPM Center, works to connect researchers, extension personnel, and stakeholders to manage SWD.
“Funding for this project was provided by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under Agreement No. 2012-51120-20088 via the Southern IPM Center Enhancement Program (Project 4836700)”.