Washington State University is part of a multi-discliplinary, multi-state assault on the spotted winged drosophila, a relatively new pest that's hitting Pacific Northwestern caneberries, grapes and stone fruit.

The team received a $1.2 million U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops Research Initiative grant to help with their efforts.

The pest was first identified in California and has since spread throughout the Pacific Northwest, into British Columbia, and also has been found in Florida.

Unlike most other fruit flies that target rotting fruit on which to lay eggs, the spotted wing drosophila female prefers fruit just reaching maturity.

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