Leaf odor attracts Drosophila suzukii

The spotted-wing Drosophila suzukii lays its eggs in fresh and ripening fruits. Infested fruits are often additionally infected with bacteria and fungi, and become unsuitable for sale and further processing. Currently, the only way to control this pest is through the use of insecticides. Scientists have now identified a leaf odor which is highly attractive to Drosophila suzukii. Beta-cyclocitral lures Drosophila suzukii but no other related drosophilids. —> Read More