Dates announced for growers' spotted-wing Drosophila seminars

British Summer Fruits and The Horticultural Development Company will hold three awareness seminars on spotted-wing Drosophila next month for workers in the soft and stone fruit sectors.

spotted-wing Drosophila - image:M Francisco
spotted-wing Drosophila - image:M Francisco

The three dates are:

  • East Malling Research, Kent - morning of 12 February
  • Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth - afternoon of 13 February
  • Landmark Hotel, Dundee - afternoon of 15 February

The seminars will look at how to monitor for this pest and limit its spread and development in soft and stone fruit crops in the coming season - the first since the insect pest was newly detected in the UK last August.

Attendance is recommended for all growers and their farm managerial and supervisory personnel, including production unit managers, harvest managers, packhouse managers and QA personnel.

For more information contact Lynn McCarthy at

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