CRANBERRY GENETIC IMPROVEMENT AND INSECT PEST MANAGEMENT
Location: Vegetable Crops Research Unit
Title: Cranberries and Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) in Wisconsin
Submitted to: Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: October 30, 2012
Publication Date: November 1, 2012
Citation: Steffan, S.A., Lee, J.C., Lavine, L., Walsh, D., Metzger, C., Zalapa, J.E., Guedot, C., Pellitteri, P. 2012. Cranberries and Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) in Wisconsin. Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association. XXIII(11):13.
Drosophila suzukii, commonly known as spotted wing drosophila (SWD), does not appear to like cranberries very much. Following multiple replicated trials using ripe, under-ripe, and over-ripe organic Wisconsin cranberries, SWD females would not (or could not) insert eggs into under-ripe or ripe cranberries. This suggests that healthy, current-year fruit should be safe from attack. Conversely, last-year’s decaying bounty of unharvested cranberries may be vulnerable. SWD populations will likely be found each spring and summer in fruit-growing regions, but the risk to cranberry production seems minimal.