Scientists rate Biobest’s Droso Trap™ as top performer
Drosophila suzukii, a pest originally from Asia, is the newest threat to soft fruit growers in southern Europe. Yield losses run into millions. A lot of research is being conducted to develop new methods to control suzukii (including the use of biological predators). With current methods, extensive pest monitoring with traps is essential and Biobest’s Droso Trap™ is the best option.
Drosophila suzukii, also known as Spotted Wing Drosophila, is every year more and more feared among growers of soft fruits in Europe and outside Europe. Females lay eggs inside soft fruits like strawberry, cherry, raspberry and blueberry. Since this vinegar fly species, originally from Asia, invaded many European and American countries, effective control of this pest is high on the agenda of the industry.
A recent international conference organized by Phytoma-España (www.phytoma.com), the Spanish branch of the professional journal Phytoma focused on this pest. The meeting took place on 5 and 6 May in the Polytechnic University of Valencia.
As part of the general pest control strategies a scientific evaluation, of the D. suzukii traps and attractants from different companies, was presented. The results by independent researchers gave serious heart to Biobest’s R&D department. The company’s Droso Trap™ was identified as the best option for trapping D. suzukii. “Several Spanish and French researchers rated the Biobest trap as the most effective one currently available,” says Cristina Navarro researcher who attended the conference. “The project group that performed the evaluation described the Droso Trap™ technology as the reference trap for their trials, both in monitoring and in mass trapping experiments.”