2011 Cherry fruit fly new in Germany
In 2011, the dangerous pest Drosophila suzukii was detected for the first time in Germany as part of our basic research on DNA barcoding. The cherry fruit fly from Asia is a dreaded pest in soft fruits, grapes and cherries, which can destroy whole crops within a few days. The species is endangering existence for fruit growers and winegrowers and has so far occurred mainly in South Tyrol and other southern European fruit growing areas.
Barcoding now makes it possible for AIM to identify this pest quickly and safely. Only then can the emergency measures necessary to save the harvest be taken. The few millimeter-sized white maggots of the fly cannot otherwise be identified and, above all, cannot be distinguished from harmless indigenous species.
In order to facilitate the detection of the pest, AIM has developed a special method to extract the gene sequence of the pest also from samples of sent in berries.