David Handley, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and vegetable and small fruit specialist, was interviewed for Channel 2 (WLBZ) report on the spotted wing drosophila, a fruit fly that has Maine’s blueberry growers worried because it attacks ripening and not just rotten fruit. Handley, who is based at UMaine Extension’s Highmoor Farm in Monmouth, said the fly could have huge impacts on the wild blueberry industry. A raspberry grower interviewed for the report said the fly also is threatening his crops.
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Mainebiz magazine and South Portland radio station WGAN posted on their websites a report about the spotted wing drosophila fruit fly and noted University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s research into the relatively new-to-Maine pest. UMaine Extension experts are collecting the fly, which attacks soft fruit such as blueberries, for research purposes.