The status of Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura, 1931) (Diptera: Drosophilidae) in apricot and investigation of the possibilities of management strategies
Turkey is located among the world's major fruit producing countries in terms of quantity and the number of species and varieties of fruit production. One of the important agricultural export product grown in Turkey is apricot. Quality and yield losses in apricot production occur due to pests in the apricot production which is extremely important for our country and Malatya economies. Invasive species Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura, 1931) (Diptera: Drosophilidae) is a harmful species in small, stone and citrus fruits. D. suzukii have been identified for the first time in strawberry crops in 2014, Erzurum, Turkey. Its origin is Southeast Asian, a harmful invader who prefer wide host fruit. This species, unlike other Drosophila species, leaves their eggs to maturity fruit. Larvae cause serious quality losses in fruits before and during harvesting. It is thought that there are many host plants, especially those with high economic value, such as strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, apricots, plums, peaches, grapes and blueberries, with thin-skinned and soft-textured fruits. According to international criteria, horticultural crops are considered to be a pest that can threaten the fruit growing potential of our country. D. suzukii was observed that the spread in Turkey; therefore, decided to giving the information related to this pest. With this study, current information about the status of D. suzukii in apricot was given and information was presented about the serious threats that may occur in the future. According to this information, it is aimed to give information about this kind of pest management opportunities by taking the information in the literature into consideration.
Agbaba, B., Tunaz, H. and Erdoğan, A. (2020). The status of Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura, 1931) (Diptera: Drosophilidae) in apricot and investigation of the possibilities of management strategies. Acta Hortic. 1290, 89-94
apricot, D. suzukii, pest control strategy, invasive species