Evaluating Mass Trapping as a Tool for Non-Chemical Management of Spotted Wing Drosophila [fi25]
|Status||in progress: Apr 2019 to Mar 2022|
|Project Lead||E.S. Cropconsult|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, BC Blueberry Council , E.S. Cropconsult , Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association|
This project will evaluate the potential for using mass trapping as a non-chemical management tool for spotted wing drosophila (SWD), a pest of major concern for Fraser Valley berry growers.
Climate change could increase pest pressure from SWD as mild winters and unpredictable summer weather create conditions ideal for the pest to multiply. Climate change is also making the use of chemical sprays less effective as unpredictable wet weather in the spring and summer limit the use and success of sprays.
Mass trapping aims to control pest populations by using a high density of traps to reduce pest levels to the point where crop losses and input costs are minimized, thereby reducing the economic impact on the crop.
This project will study mass trapping for three field seasons in 8-10 blueberry fields across the Fraser Valley. Researchers will evaluate the potential and feasibility of mass trapping as a per-field management tool for SWD. The results from this project can be used to inform strategies for managing pests in organic or conventional blueberry fields and other small fruit crops.
Results will be shared through annual research briefs, a final report and a fact sheet outlining key findings and conclusions. If mass trapping is shown to be highly effective, additional knowledge transfer events will be planned.