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spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii)

spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii)

Although more than a decade has passed since spotted-wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) in the United States, management options remain limited and primarily of the chemical variety. A new study in the Journal of Economic Entomology, though, shows that a food-grade gum substance shows promise as a new tool for managing the invasive pest. The flies don’t get stuck in the gum, but rather its scent interferes with their reproductive behavior. (Photo by Oregon Department of Agriculture via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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