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Yarborough Interviewed About Spotted-Wing Fruit Fly

January 9th, 2012

[Revised March 21st, 2012] University of Maine Cooperative Extension blueberry specialist David Yarborough was interviewed for a Bangor Daily News report on a new pest, the Spotted-wing Drosophila (a new invasive species of fruit fly native to Asia) (Drosophila suzukii), which has been identified for the first time in Maine. It poses a new threat to Maine blueberry crops (and perhaps to cranberries as well though that is regarded as far less likely than blueberries, which have a softer skin than cranberries). Yarborough says growers must consider spraying crops far more often than normal to control the small flies, which lay eggs on unripe fruit in addition to ripe or rotting fruit. Both blueberries and cranberries in Maine will be monitored for the presence of the fly during the 2012 season.

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