More pests for the UK
The Food & Environment Research Agency (FERA) has urged growers to help formulate a policy to combat the anticipated arrival in the UK of Drosophila suzukii, the spotted-wing drosophila or cherry vinegar fly.
The pest reached mainland Europe two years ago, though has yet to be detected in the UK. But FERA warned that it could colonise areas as far north as central Scotland.
“Growers cannot rely completely on insecticides to control this pest and an integrated pest management approach will be needed,” according to FERA.