Location: European Biological Control Laboratory
Project Number: 0212-22000-027-05-S
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Aug 29, 2013
End Date: Aug 28, 2018
1) Identify parasitic wasps that are natural enemies of spotted wing drosophila (SWD). 2) Determine the host plants in the native region of these natural enemies. 3) Provide specimens of these natural enemies for molecular characterization and taxonomic identification, and live cultured material for shipment to US cooperators for further research.
Field surveys will be conducted in Yunnan province during the field season (approx. April through October) each year to locate and collect spotted wing drosophila (=Drosophila suzukii, henceforth SWD); field surveys will collect fruit of known and potential host plants and utilize fruit-baited traps to obtain the fly parasitoids. All collected material will be returned to the laboratory and held until emergence of any natural enemies; specimens will be preserved for molecular and morphological identification. Laboratory colonies of SWD and its parasitoids will be established. Cooperator will assist ARS PI when travelling in China to locate suitable field sites and engage in field collections to obtain live material for export to the US.