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Thursday, February 17, 2011

It's SWD time again!

After a quiet and cold winter, it's time again to start monitoring for spotted wing drosophila (SWD) in earnest. In contract to last year, when our goal was to detect SWD as it moved into NC, SC, and VA, this year, we will be determining when SWD is active and where it has spread. This means we need more participants in more areas. I'll be contact last year's volunteers this week, and I will be holding 3 field days between now and April to educate the public about SWD and to recruit new volunteers. These field days will be scheduled by early next week and the details will be posted here.

Looking forward to a productive field season and to learning how to manage SWD now that we have it here.

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