TunnelBerries Advisory Board member Dale-Ila Riggs, has been having success protecting blueberries from Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) by using exclusion netting at her farm, The Berry Patch in Stephentown, New York. In this YouTube video, Dale describes how she completely prevented SWD infestation in her blueberry crop.
Congratulations to Heather Leach, a graduate student on the TunnelBerries project who recently completed her degree at Michigan State University and will be moving to her new job with the Pennsylvania State University! Heather will be an extension associate responsible for providing coordination to Spotted Lanternfly outreach and response efforts. Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive insect currently found in Pennsylvania that is capable of reaching highly damaging populations and can feed on many hosts - much like spotted wing drosophila. Best wishes Heather - Penn State is lucky to get you!