BIBLIOTECA HORTICULTURA

BIBLIOTECA HORTICULTURA

Postharvest burial of Drosophila suzukii infested fruit waste to reduce the damages on cherry fruits

Postharvest burial of Drosophila suzukii infested fruit waste to reduce the damages on cherry fruits

Holly Hooper & Matthew J Grieshop, Environmental Entomology

The arrival of spotted wing Drosophila, Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura), to the United States has caused many berry and cherry growers to replace IPM programs with calendar-based broad-spectrum insecticide programs. Alternative management tactics are urgently needed to mitigate the current dependency on chemical control. Postharvest burial is a cultural crop sanitation strategy that has the potential to reduce D. suzukii reproductive habitat and eliminate infested fruit wastes.

This study revealed that D. suzukii rarely pupate on the soil’s surface or below 1 cm, but are capable of unburying themselves from depths up to 48 cm.

Although zero emergence was not obtained in the field, adult emergence decreased exponentially with deeper burial depths.

A burial depth of 24 cm reduced D. suzukii emergence by 97%, although soil texture may influence this optimal burial depth.

Soils that had a higher concentration of sand had a negative impact on D. suzukii survival at shallower burial depths.

The mechanism behind the reduction in adult emergence from differing burial depths remains unclear as the lipid concentration between emerging D. suzukii was the same regardless of burial depth.


Sources
Postharvest Burial of Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae) Infested Fruit Waste Reduces Adult Emergence
Holly Hooper, Matthew J Grieshop
Environmental Entomology, nvz147, https://doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvz147
https://academic.oup.com/ee/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/ee/nvz147/5677391

Picture by Andermatt biocontrol, Spotted-Wing Drosophila