Saving the Apple Crop

Arnie Phifer| Mar. 22, 2013 | Notre Dame College of Science

Washington Apples

In August 2011, researchers from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) were presented with a serious, and potentially very costly, puzzle in Kennewick, WA. Since Kennewick lies within a region near the heart of Washington State’s $1.5B apple-growing region, an annual survey of fruit trees is performed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) to look for any invading insects. This time the surveyors discovered a crabapple tree that had been infested by a fruit fly that they couldn’t identify.

That's where researchers from the University of Notre Dame stepped in.

Read more at the Notre Dame College of Science

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