Research tackles decay issue

A new project will focus on controlling decay and finding pollinizers that are not disease hosts.


Crab apple pruning demos

  • March 2nd, 2015

Two pruning demonstrations have been scheduled this month to help orchardists understand how to prune Manchurian crab apple trees in order to be eligible to export apples to China.

The Chinese apple market, closed between 2012 and 2014 due to fruit infection caused by two postharvest rots, recently reopened. The [...]

Living with spotted wing drosophila

  • March 1st, 2015

Now that many of the basic questions about spotted wing drosophila (SWD) have been answered, scientists can focus on bringing integrated pest management back to impacted crops like cherries.

When spotted wing drosophila showed up in the United States more than five years ago, little was known about the invasive [...]

Swiss scientists test nets

  • March 1st, 2015

Swiss scientists have been testing netting as a way to exclude spotted wing drosophila from cherry orchards.

Researchers at the Breitenhof Stone Fruit Centre in Wintersingen, near Basel, covered Staccato cherry trees with two types of insect netting: a black net with a mesh size of 1.7 by 1.7 millimeters [...]

Predatory mite comes to light

  • February 27th, 2015

The shift from broad-spectrum organophosphates to new classes of pesticides that are more selective appears to have caused a shift in both pest and predatory mite species in Washington orchards.

Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris, graduate student at Washington State University in Wenatchee, found in recent studies that the little-known Amblydromella caudiglans was [...]

Tart cherries threatened

  • February 26th, 2015

Entomologists in Michigan are still trying to determine whether spotted wing drosophila will be a significant tart cherry pest.

“We were hoping it would not be an issue,” Dr. Nikki Rothwell said. She is the coordinator of the Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center north of Traverse City, right in the [...]

SWD research continues

  • February 25th, 2015

Great progress has been made in the last five years in learning about spotted wing drosophila, but much more is needed, says a Washington State University entomologist.

Dr. Betsy Beers of WSU checked off a list of things that have been accomplished in the last five years of living with [...]