- PROJECT NAME
- Improving the biosecurity preparedness of Australian horticulture for the exotic spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii)
- PROJECT CODE
- DELIVERY PARTNER
- Plant Health Australia
- PROJECT LEAD
- Sharyn Taylor
02 6215 7733
Beginning in July 2018, this multi-industry investment spans the Hort Innovation Strawberry, Cherry and Raspberry & Blackberry Funds.
It is tasked with improving industry awareness of the risks posed by spotted wing drosophila, which attacks a range of soft-skinned fruit, and also increasing the capacity to detect and respond to any incursions of the pest.
Activities will include building knowledge and capacity around appropriate surveillance and management tools and strategies within the growing industries, government and among other relevant stakeholders.
Looking at options for meeting domestic and international quarantine requirements will also be among the project’s activities.
Image Credit – Luc Bessin, UK
A spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) on blackberries.
Image Credit – Dr Elia Pirtle, cesar
Male and Female SWD
Image credit – Hannah Burrack, North Carolina State University,
SWD on raspberry
This project has produced a series of Fact Sheets:
A literature review that considers all known non-chemical control options for the exotic pest spotted wing drosophila, in preparation for a possible incursion.
A list of known hosts of the exotic pest spotted wing drosophila, including crops and alternative plants that could harbour the pest.
An update fact sheet which provides a project update on activities to increase preparedness for an incursion.