Australia crafts plan to fight threats to berry crops

10/21/2013 | Fresh Fruit Portal (Chile)

Plant Health Australia has unveiled a plan that identifies 200 exotic pests that would pose a threat to the country's raspberry and blackberry crops if they entered the country, including the Drosophila suzukii or Spotted-winged drosophila. "One thing we need to do is to raise awareness of exotic pest threats among rubus growers. That way, if one of these pests does make it into the country, we can spot it quickly, giving us the best chance to contain it and hopefully eradicate it," said Raspberries and Blackberries Australia President Philip Rowe.

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