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Detection and monitoring of Drosophila suzukii in raspberry and cherry orchards with volatile organic compounds in the USA and Europe

  • Larson, Nicholas R.1, 2
  • Strickland, Jaime1, 2
  • Shields, Vonnie D.2
  • Biondi, Antonio3
  • Zappalà, Lucia3
  • Cavallaro, Carmelo3
  • Colazza, Stefano4
  • Escudero-Colomar, Lucía-Adriana5
  • Briem, Felix6, 7
  • Vogt, Heidrun6
  • Debias, François8
  • Gibert, Patricia8
  • Desouhant, Emmanuel8
  • Zhang, Aijun1
  • 1 USDA-ARS, Beltsville, MD, 20705, USA , Beltsville (United States)
  • 2 Towson University, Towson, MD, 21252, USA , Towson (United States)
  • 3 University of Catania, Catania, 95123, Italy , Catania (Italy)
  • 4 University of Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Palermo, 90128, Italy , Palermo (Italy)
  • 5 IIRTA, Mas Badia, Canet de la Tallada S/N, Girona, Mas Badia, 17134, Spain , Girona (Spain)
  • 6 Julius Kühn Institute (JKI), Schwabenheimer Straße 101, Dossenheim, 69221, Germany , Dossenheim (Germany)
  • 7 Julius Kühn Institute (JKI), Heinrichstraße 243, Darmstadt, 64287, Germany , Darmstadt (Germany)
  • 8 Univ Lyon, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Villeurbanne, 69622, France , Villeurbanne (France)
Published Article
Scientific Reports
Springer Nature
Publication Date
Mar 25, 2021
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-85884-1
Springer Nature


Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) causes significant economic loss in fruit crops to growers worldwide. There is immediate need for efficacious and selective monitoring tools that can detect infestations early. Previously, volatile organic compounds derived from apple were studied and a quinary chemical component blend (QB) was identified as the key SWD attractant in a blueberry orchard in the United States. This study’s aim was to determine whether previously observed QB efficacy, selectivity, and early detection levels could be attained within raspberry and cherry fields in the USA and Europe. Results demonstrated that sticky trap baited QB dispenser provided earlier SWD detection potential than the usually adopted apple cider vinegar (ACV) trap. The number of SWD captured/trap by QB baited trapping systems was significantly lower than that of the ACV trap. However, percent SWD/trap of QB baited traps was same within cherry. Lower non-target capture will save farmer/grower’s labor and time allocated to traps installation and drosophila species identification. Within the USA, SWD selectivity of QB baited liquid traps was consistently greater than sticky trap in raspberry field, suggesting that the QB dispenser can be an alternative to the standard ACV lure and that trap design could improve selectivity further.

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